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Have Americans lived up to the ideals in the Declaration of Independence?

  • Yes, though there is much room for improvement.

    America is far from perfect, but we have set up the type of government we stated we would, where people are represented in a democratic system. It took us a while to make sure that those protections for life, liberty, and happiness were extended to all people, but we continued to live out that promise as we saw suffrage for women, equal rights for blacks, and now equal rights for gays.

  • Yes we have lead up to the ideals.

    America doesn't have slaves anymore, and there are many rights, laws, and responsibilities we live up to in the U.S. Americans are living up to their independence because we aren't slaves and we can do anything we want in life if you where to say no then are saying that you don't have liberty and are a slave. We also have the right to vote for presidents and other leaders of America!

  • Yes we have lead up to the ideals.

    America doesn't have slaves anymore, and there are many rights, laws, and responsibilities we live up to in the U.S. Americans are living up to their independence because we aren't slaves and we can do anything we want in life if you where to say no then are saying that you don't have liberty and are a slave. We also have the right to vote for presidents and other leaders of America!

  • Yes because of

    Citizens follow the natural rights and the majority help defend their rights and others rights. It the U.S it is not common for someone to steal your property or for there to be a dictator ship without votes. Everyone can also be who they decide to be as long as its appropriate

  • Yes because of

    Citizens follow the natural rights and the majority help defend their rights and others rights. It the U.S it is not common for someone to steal your property or for there to be a dictator ship without votes. Everyone can also be who they decide to be as long as its appropriate

  • Yes because of

    Citizens follow the natural rights and the majority help defend their rights and others rights. It the U.S it is not common for someone to steal your property or for there to be a dictator ship without votes. Everyone can also be who they decide to be as long as its appropriate

  • This is a country of freedom.

    This is a country of freedom. This is because we are not slaves and we are free and equal people. We can't steal people's rights, and that is a good thing. We have access to superior entities that will always defend our rights. We live with a peace of mind and tranquility.

  • Because we are not slaves

    Americans are living up to their independence because we aren't slaves and we can do anything we want in life if you where to say no then are saying that you don't have liberty and are a slave.We also have democracy so we can vote and pick our president unlike other countrys

  • Yes, Americans Have

    Most Americans have lived up to the ideals in the declaration of independence because most people in U.S. do believe every one is created equal and most people do treat people like they are equal too. We still have some people who discriminate others because of their race, religion, and beliefs, but it is very hard to overcome these problems because some believe that they are superior to others and they practice those beliefs too. I think Americans have improved a lot over the years but still have many problems to solve.

  • Yes, Americans Have

    Most Americans have lived up to the ideals in the declaration of independence because most people in U.S. do believe every one is created equal and most people do treat people like they are equal too. We still have some people who discriminate others because of their race, religion, and beliefs, but it is very hard to overcome these problems because some believe that they are superior to others and they practice those beliefs too. I think Americans have improved a lot over the years but still have many problems to solve.

  • No. Though the Declaration of Independence is just that, a declaration

    The Declaration of Independence was a document drafted to air grievances against the King of England. While there are some ideals expressed in there, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..." but mostly it is to declare sovereignty and does not go to much detail about what "ideals" or "values" are inherently American.

  • Declaration of Independence

    We, as a country, do not live up to the ideals in the Declaration of Independence. "All men are created equal". We absolutely disregard this statement or we would not have the troubles between blacks and whites, Christians and non-Christians , whites and Mexicans, whites and, well everyone else. Ok so we chucked that one, let's go to "inalienable rights". No, we tossed that one too. There are constant issues over who has the right to do what, and who has the right to say what is right. We clearly believe that some people should have rights, but others do not deserve to. "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". Sure, for some people, but not everybody. Without even going on, that is enough to show that we, as a country, do not live up to the ideals of the Declaration of Independence. We just like to pretend we do while spitting on it at the same time.

  • No, because we generally don't believe in secession.

    The underlining virtue of the Declaration of Independence in the foundation of our nation is that we aren't a united country, but instead an alliance of states. Our purpose was that if a state feels it's in its best interests to leave the alliance, they can leave the alliance. Because of the tyranny of Abraham Lincoln, in declaring war upon an independent nation to protect the interests of Northern industries, our nation's attitude has changed against the idea of secession - that states may leave if it's in their best interests - and for the idea that states should be united - or enslaved, under a single federal government.
    We don't live up to the ideals of the Declaration of Independence because we don't hold the ideals presented to us in said document to be true. We think that such ideals are the cause of war, not the result of oppression from government. Americans believe that we are a united nation, 'indivisible'. But we were not meant to be. We were meant to be FREE.

    Such concludes my reasoning on why Americans no longer have lived up to the ideals presented in the Declaration of Independence.

  • The statement "Americans have lived up to the ideals in the Declaration of Indepedence" is wrong prima facie.

    If you are born into a rich family your prospects are far greater than those of one who is born into a poor family. Hard statistics have shown this trend to hold. Even if you allow for the idea of class mobility, the fact remains that some have more difficult paths to face than others. Even if the statement comes down to the idea that one is morally equal to all others (rather than being in terms of meaningful opportunity), then the statement stills rings hollow; far more poor people are found in prisons than those in the middle class or the upper class. Either poor people are made of some lesser cloth - being of lower moral stature - or they are treated unequally with respect to the laws of the land. In either case, Americans fail to live up to the ideals in the Declaration of Independence.

  • No, some believe they are following the beliefs, but they are blind to the fact that they are following the beliefs of America's founding fathers.

    In the declaration. It says that all men are created equal under god, but in the 1900s there was mass segregation everywhere. Black people were treated badly and were robbed of their rights to vote, rights to live and rights to have a good life. They were not equal to other white men in America. Therefore it goes against the whole idea of a free nation where "all are created equal under god".

  • No, they have not.

    Americans don't like having the declaration is so important and good. There not thankful for it. They are not living up the declaration. There is so much more we could do and show how we respect the declaration rjtrhntr uetu etut t5 e tr g ut u t6t t utu tu .

  • No we haven't

    In the declaration of Independence it says ”We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with Certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life,Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”it means that any man can believe anything that think it’s right, anybody can do whatever they want to do in life and pursuit a path to happiness. Many ways we haven’t lived up to this ideal are bullying and judging people. People can do whatever they want to, dress how they want, say whatever they want to say and we just want them to be what we want them to be. We judge and accuse people because we feel offended by their practices, taking away their rights to be a free individual.

  • No, we Americans have not lived up to the ideals presented in the Declaration of Independence...

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"... Those are the ideals of the Declaration of Independence, the ideals of our Nation, yet these days, persecution against peoples' religion, race, sexual identification, and gender are things we see every day. If these issues are regularly occurring, we are most definitely not living up to the Declaration's ideas! People who are constantly being discriminated against are not getting their equal share of "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness". People should be able to walk the streets without getting mocked or made fun of, according to our Declaration. People should be able to pursue their happiness without being scoffed at or taunted. People should be able to live life freely, no oppression or shame involved! Yes, what I've stated above are the ideals of our Nation, and what I've stated above are practically dreams to the discriminated on in America. These dreams are supposed to be a reality, but at the rate we're working at, it'll take a really long time for the ideals of the Declaration of Independence to be met. America's victimized citizens are locked up, living behind bars set up by the racist, sexist, homophobic, and xenophobic people of today. What a "land of the free" we live in... Do you really call that free? Do you really think these people who are discriminated against are pursuing their happiness with utmost liberty? Well, these people are not living life the way they should be. In the end, they aren't living life up to the ideals of the Dcelaration of Independence.

  • No, We have not lead up to the ideals.

    This is because we are human and we can say harmful things, (especially with social media) make mistakes we don't mean, and hurt others with out meaning it. So, we might accidentally say something that we don't mean, but at the same time it is easy to hurt people too. We need to be more aware of what we say, do and how we act.

  • No because of.....

    The citizenry is abdicating their responsibility. Allowing improper concentration of power in the executive branch, and a steady erosion of liberties because the government creates wars to justify it's illegal expansion of powers.The four main ideals are: Equality Unalienable rights Alter or abolish Government Consent of the Government human rights of citizens, including life and liberty.


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GWL-CPA says2013-07-09T20:42:13.780
This is not a yes or no question.

The Declaration of Independence is not a statement of ideas that mankind or Americans should live up to. It is an ideological statement about the rights of men, “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.” It is a statement that no government has the right to deny those rights, which is what England and the King were doing. It was about having a representative form of government, not a monarchy.

The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The American Revolutionary war began in 1775 and ended in 1783, with the Treaty of Paris and the Treaty of Versailles, which were signed of September 3, 1783. The last British troops left New York City on November 25, 1783.

At that point, no federal or national government existed; just the governments of the 13 colonies, which were organized under the Articles of Confederation, which were ratified in late 1777. On March 4, 1789 the Articles of Confederation were replaced by the U.S. Constitution, which provided for a much stronger national government, what is now called the Federal Government.

The U.S. Constitution was designed to ensure that America had a representative form of national (federal) government to protect the interests of all citizens. To achieve this, 3 branches of the Federal government were created: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial.

So, I have no idea what the author of this question “Have Americans lived up to the ideals in the Declaration of Independence?” is talking about.

We have a representative form of government, not a monarchy; and, every American has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Now, if the author is trying to say that despite the U.S. Constitution and Federal Government that unfairness exists in America that is another question, or many questions. But, those questions have nothing to do with the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution.

If the author of that question is saying that America’s political system is broken and only the wealthy, the Plutocracy, the top 1% of the wealthiest get all the benefits, then he/she is right on the money. Many changes are needed in America, as follows.

The trillions in wealth horded by the Plutocracy need to be redistributed to the masses.

Universal Health care is needed immediately.

Dividends and capital gains need to be taxed at marginal tax rates up to 95% and subject to FICA taxes.

The marginal tax rates on the Wealthy need to be go back to old rates before President Cowboy Ronnie Reagan, i.E., up to 90%.

All workers need collective bargaining.

The minimum wage needs to be at least $12 per hour for all employees, including tipped employees, e.G., waitresses, hair dressers, etc. And be adjusted annually for inflation.

Right-to-work and at-will employment laws need to be repealed.

All jobs outsourced or offshored to third world toilets need to be brought back to America immediately and laws passed making it illegal to send jobs out of America.

The U.S. Mexican Border fence needs to be finished for the entire 1,954 miles and 20,000 more troops need to be patrolling 24-7.

All illegal Mexican Immigrants need to be shipped back to Mexico yesterday.

If you want to live in America, fill out the immigration papers like every legal immigrant has had to do.

All gang members need to be arrested and thrown in jail for life, etc.

Corporations should be banned from making political contributions and funding their own lobbying groups.

All assault weapons and clips of more than 10 rounds need to be banned.

Selling guns at trade shows should require extensive background checks before the guns can be given to the buyers. Everyone buying a gun should have a state issued gun ID card with picture.

Selling guns to your friends or neighbors should only be allowed if background checks are down and the buyer have a required gun owner ID, issued by the respective state.

All states should have gun ownership IDs and a huge Federal database created to track all gun owners.