"All Men are created equal"
Progressives scoff at this statement from our Declaration of Independence. They point to the existence of slavery in 1776 and the presence of social injustice today as proof that traditional American principles are flawed.
But "created" does not mean "born".
We are created by our Creator. But we are born of our mothers into a sinful world.
None of us were born equal. Some were born to royalty, others to poverty. Some were born amid the chaos of war and disease and starvation. Others were born to a loving family in a time of peace and prosperity.
Some were born in America but most were not.
In America we declare that in addition to our equality at the moment of creation we are each given an endowment by our Creator: certain unalienable Rights. This endowment was not grated at the moment of birth, nor was it provided by the government, our families or ourselves.
Among these endowed Rights are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
In America we declare that the purpose of Government is to secure these Rights, to preserve, protect and defend what we have been given by our Creator.
It really is as simple as that. And it is this God-centered simplicity of purpose that makes our traditional American principles exceptional among all the nations of the Earth.