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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.

  • No we need to be safer

    If we have lived up to the declaration of independence why is there gun violance everyday there people dying and more people going to jail there are kids dying and schools in danger and they dont do anything about it they should make guns illegal in the united states not make guns legal cause there are many people with guns and they do the wrongs things with them

  • The Declaration should be respected, but it isn't

    The Declaration was made for people to follow rules and laws here in the United States. But that isn't the case. There are millions of murders yearly, and even more law-breaking. Also, there is racism. Everyone is equal according to the Declaration, but people act like we are all different. Also, slavery is still a problem. Women as well as Men have been treated like slaves.

  • We need to be free!

    We need live a life that we want to live and with decleration of independence, you can do that. The same thing you can be free and have laws s the U.S can stay safe. The decleration of independence is the document is that we live on sence it was created.

  • Were not perfect, were America.

    I believe we have lived up to the ideals of the declaration of independence. People say that America is bad and not lived up to the ideals. But if you take a look at our past, you'll see we have advanced a lot since then. I mean, look around you. We live in a world where there are black and whites, women's suffrage, and even gay marriage. And yes, there is a lot of bad stuff too like discrimination ,racism, and sexism. But no nation is perfect and if we truly want to, we can change the world. And remember this, we are not states, but one nation all together.

  • Were not perfect, were America.

    America is a nation, and no nation is perfect. People say we are the worst, but of you take a look at our history, we have advanced a lot since back then. No more slavery, no more gender specific places, no more of any of that. Look around you. We live in a new world where there are blacks and whites, women's suffrage, and gay marriage. We have grown a lot as a country now more than ever. And yes there is still racism and sexism, but we are not perfect (just like every other place) but we are trying to be better not as states, but as a nation all together.

  • Were not perfect, were America.

    America is a nation, and no nation is perfect. People say we are the worst, but of you take a look at our history, we have advanced a lot since back then. No more slavery, no more gender specific places, no more of any of that. Look around you. We live in a new world where there are blacks and whites, women's suffrage, and gay marriage. We have grown a lot as a country now more than ever. And yes there is still racism and sexism, but we are not perfect (just like every other place) but we are trying to be better not as states, but as a nation all together.

  • Were not perfect, were America.

    America is a nation, and no nation is perfect. People say we are the worst, but of you take a look at our history, we have advanced a lot since back then. No more slavery, no more gender specific places, no more of any of that. Look around you. We live in a new world where there are blacks and whites, women's suffrage, and gay marriage. We have grown a lot as a country now more than ever. And yes there is still racism and sexism, but we are not perfect (just like every other place) but we are trying to be better not as states, but as a nation all together.

  • Not everyone has the same beliefs

    Many people in the U.S help and cooperate with one another to make life better but we still have to face many challenges. Many people still discriminate because of race, religion, and beliefs because not everyone has the same idea. Americans have made many arrangements to make life better but there is still a lot of crime around us. No nation is perfect

  • Not everyone has the same beliefs

    Many people in the U.S help and cooperate with one another to make life better but we still have to face many challenges. Many people still discriminate because of race, religion, and beliefs because not everyone has the same idea. Americans have made many arrangements to make life better but there is still a lot of crime around us. No nation is perfect

  • 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".

  • Americans have not lived up the declaration

    Because in the declaration of independence it states all americans are equal and have equal rights and that those rights are protected but however people still get their rights taken away by other people for example when someone gets robbed they get their property taken away and it is someone's right to have property and that right should be protected by the government so the Americans at the goverment fail to follow the Declaration of Independence.

  • The Decleration should be respected but it isn't

    This is because racism, domestic abuse toward both men and women, gun violence, discrimination, segregation and many more. The decleration was made to give people their freedom and their rights but we are just taking away peoples rights when all of this is happening around us and this country has not done much about it.

  • The Decleration should be respected but it isn't

    This is because racism, domestic abuse toward both men and women, gun violence, discrimination, segregation and many more. The decleration was made to give people their freedom and their rights but we are just taking away peoples rights when all of this is happening around us and this country has not done much about it.

  • The declaration’s sayings

    The Declaration of Independence says a lot of things that we still don’t do in the U.S. today. People take their rights for granted and do things that are against the law. People I know have even don’t things against the rules and then end up saying, “it’s a free country I can do what I want!” Just because it’s a free country does not mean there’s no rules. Without rules there would be no United States of America, or Amy country for that matter

  • The Declaration should be respected, but it isn't

    No they haven't i say this because this world we live in right now is freaking horrible especially with the gun violence all of these kids dying and the bad part about it is the people who shoot them they don't even think before they do when there's an issue they don't even argue or fight in the grass they grab a gun......This is very bad.


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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.