We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…
No Thomas, all men are NOT created equal! All PEOPLE are NOT created equal. Not equal physically, not equal intellectually, not equal emotionally, and not equal socioeconomically. Nor are all men created with equal opportunity. Nor are all men treated equally before the law.
The ideology of equality at birth, professed in The Declaration of Independence, implies that each and every individual begins life at the same starting line, at parity, with the same merits, capabilities and opportunities., That "winning" the race of life is won merely as an attribution of the merit of the winner's character. But in reality, people are born with handicaps and unearned advantages….winning or losing the race of life, whatever its meaning, is significantly bound to socioeconomic circumstance and biological endowment at birth. And in addition, the race of life is "fixed" by the politically powerful, often adding an overwhelming burden to those with innate physical differences such as race, gender and ethnicity as well as circumstantial "inequalities" such as religious belief.