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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 Americans have because of

    All the rights and freedoms we have. It cannot be perfect, but everyday people fight for their rights against racism, discrimination, and sexism. Especially in these times more and more people are speaking up and supporting each other, the majority, trying to live up to "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal".

  • America has lived up to the ideals

    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. People still discriminate 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. Americans have improved a lot but still have many problems to solve.

  • America has lived up to the ideals

    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. People still discriminate 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. Americans have improved a lot but still have many problems to solve.

  • America has lived up to the ideals

    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. People still discriminate 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. Americans have improved a lot but still have many problems to solve.

  • Not everyone is equal

    Today there are still people who decide to discriminate a certain group and push them out of society. Those kind of people are going in numbers and are becoming a more major threat to our society. There are also people which believe that we should not have certain rights and will do anything that is in their power to make their point and show the Government that limiting (or taking away even) the rights of the American human race that were practiced for years successfully will be a great thing to do.

  • I say no

    People are really treated and feeling what the the declaration of independence wants us to feel and see us to be a successful country. The US is basically a good country to be successful but not everyone is have that right to have life, liberty or that pursuit of happiness.

  • America has lived up to what it's said to be

    America has lived up to its idea because we are a democracy and we have our human rights like the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Everything that goes on with our government we have a voice and at anytime the government abuses its power we can (the people) make a change.

  • America has lived up to what it's said to be

    America has lived up to its idea because we are a democracy and we have our human rights like the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Everything that goes on with our government we have a voice and at anytime the government abuses its power we can (the people) make a change.

  • Because we are free

    The deceleration of independence gave us our freedoms and we still have them. We are still able to defend them and use them to our advantage. People can still do whatever they want to. No one is owned by anyone and we can be assured that will never happen again.

  • 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 we have not!!

    I don't know why but I feel like America just has too many problems and that obviously there was a mix up in human race and how much people hated colors but now colors are fine right? Wrong!! Although people do hide the fact that hate some then others they still make it so obvious that one time on the bus a white women and her daughter were sitting on the bus and a colored man sits down next to them and the women decides to put the kid on her lap and look away. Like are we in shame of the different unique people we may have in this country. That is all I have to say about this topic.

  • America has abandoned the principals and morals that our founding fathers created through the Declaration of Independence.

    Now no man is perfect and every man is a sinner which is undeniable. But our Founding Fathers who escaped from the hold of the British in order to practice Christianity freely and without persecution, created a document to lay a Christian foundation for Generations to come. But almost 240 years later we have for the most part abandoned these princiapals. Although we have gotten better at some princiapals like all men are created eqaul. For the most part we have strayed away.

  • Look at America now

    Even though Americans fallow the declaration to a degree but there is so much more room for improvement. " All men are created equal" is huge in the declaration. But yea people are still racist, people still wave confederate flags claiming that its their heritage.For the love of god the KKK is still around!!!!!!! Still white people saying that " America was made for the white man". Even trump saying that all Muslims have to wear a ID that proves they are Muslim. If you listened in history class but Hitler made Jew to do exactly that , and we all know how bad Hitler was.

  • The decay of the declaration of independence and the bill of rights.

    When america was born and everything was fresh and the British are no longer in control, things will be more organize with peoples rights such as the bill of rights and the society back then was much more different then today's. As time goes by, lets say our new generation and society, we tend to forget the roots of our founding fathers point of view such as the bill of rights. The second amendment is being taken away from the people. The people has the power over the government but today's society the government is all corrupt and sometimes crave power because it is all just money and business. Men are created equal yet people are discriminating people who are different and not supportive of who they are and the thing is, people are hypocrites because they say to do things and not doing the things themselves, or in the political world, it is broken and politicians make promises they never do..

  • No, we have not

    In today's world, we still have issues as a country. Now of course nothing or no one can be prefect, but we still have problems that can be taken care of . For the most part, we have gained equality overtime but there's still inequality that takes place. Pursuit of happiness is still hard for other to attain.


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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.