On July 4, 1776 America gained freedom from Great Britain. An assembly of five men wrote the Declaration of Independence in order to acquire the freedom we have today: Not being England. The Declaration has a structure of an introduction, a statement of ideals about government, a long list of grievances against the British, and a Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Yet the four ideals: consent of governed, equality, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and the right to alter or abolish, are the foundation of our government.
Equality is the most important of the ideals and the reason our government is so successful to this day. Today our equal rights give us the same opportunities as our neighbors. We have the right to vote, go to school to receive an education, the freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, freedom of religion, and many other rights that stand to give Americans equality across any gender, religion, race, or sexual orientation. Not only does the Declaration give us equality it also gives us unalienable rights, the right to alter or abolish government, consent, and life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Our equality cannot be achieved without liberty. Andrew Sullivan stated, “I believe in Liberty.
I believe that within every soul lies the ability to reach for its own good.” (Document B) Sullivan stated that everyone has the equal opportunity to find good and happiness. Although he believed of the journey in the pursuit of happiness, he did not believe in totally achieving full happiness in life, but the freedom to try and achieve this happiness through liberty.