Posted by: husbandandfatheroffour | April 4, 2013

HOW CAN WE BE FREE IF WE ARE NOT ALL EQUAL

So I am still confused and do not understand why everyone does not have the same rights in this country.  We pride our self in the fact that the Declaration of Independence says that all men are created equal and that we all have the right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.  But do we really, and are we all really equal?  Look throughout our history and you can see where countless times people were not considered equal and did not have the same rights.  What gives any of us the right to tell someone else they are not equal and do not deserve the same things we do? 

This country is the land of the free not the land of the free except you and you and you.  The rights that a white, heterosexual male have are the same rights that everyone else in this country should have.  Can you explain to me why someone of a different race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation should not have the same rights?  Now don’t get me wrong we have come a long way in the 237 years since we became a free country, but there are still problems in equality and no one can tell me there isn’t.  Women and minorities are still being passed over, looked around, and not being treated equal for the only reason that they are women and minorities. 

Now we are telling adults who they can and can’t marry.  Well, really, not everyone – because if you are a man and a woman you are free to marry when you want (even sometimes underage, with a parent’s permission – and as many times as you want!) and enjoy the entire benefits of a marriage.  But if you were not created that way and you are gay, then sorry you are out of luck.  Oh you can get married and have a ceremony but in this free country where all men are created equal and have a right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness, it won’t be recognized and you won’t get all the benefits that come along with a “real” marriage.  So how equal and free is that?

This is about being a free and equal rights country.  I have already, in an earlier post, stated my opinion when it comes to the bible and God and will leave it at that.  This is about how we tell everyone to come to America where everyone has the same opportunities and rights but we really don’t. 

Equality- The state or quality of being equal 
Life- The property or quality that distinguishes living organisms from dead organisms
Liberty- The quality or state of being free
Happiness- The quality or state of being happy: good fortune, pleasure, contentment, joy

We all have an essential or distinctive characteristic, property or attribute (quality).  This is what makes us all different, but just because we are different does not mean we should treat each other differently when it comes to the law or basic human rights.  We all deserve the quality of being equal, being free, and being happy, and that starts by making sure we all have the same rights.  The funny thing is that with all the differences everyone has (race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) if you strip all that away we are all left with the exact same things.  We all need oxygen to breathe, we need food and water to survive, and we will all one day die.  So where are the differences really?  Why should some people only get to enjoy Life and Liberty but not the pursuit of Happiness?  For some just being legally married and starting a family is the only happiness they are looking for but unfortunately not everyone has that right.  When will we decide that equal (having the same quantity, measure, or value as another) means everyone gets the same.  Every person should get the same inalienable fundamental right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.  Every person, otherwise we aren’t really free then are we? 

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