The founding fathers made it imminently clear from the earliest days of the drive toward independence that they and the nation they were about to form was deeply rooted in the core belief that the rights of man come directly from God (the “Creator,” “Nature’s God”) and not from man.
It is equally apparent that knowing the “right thing to do” and “doing the right thing” can be difficult to achieve. In spite of Thomas Jefferson’s efforts to include in the original draft of the Declaration of Independence language that would have at least begun the process of racial and gender equality decades before they began to take place, thousands of years of “inequality,” coupled with an economy built in great part on slavery - early Continental Congresses struck such language from our documents and our laws.
Just as America must always remember that “day of infamy” in 1941 and the horrific events of September 11, 2001, it is right and proper
that we acknowledge the pain and suffering and disenfranchisement of women and minorities, especially black Americans who were “emancipated” in 1863 but only recently began being treated as more than second-class citizens. Thanks to the leadership of Susan B. Anthony Martin Luther King, Jr., and so many others, America has corrected omissions in the Constitution and the vast majority of Americans have long-since embraced full equality. Perhaps the culmination of these efforts was the election in 2008 of Barack Obama, America’s first black president.
It is just as important that America embrace this new and proper age of equality “with malice toward none and charity for all:” and that includes putting away childish and destructive behavior such as “political correctness” which can only work to pour fuel on the fires that are so close to being out.