Are we living up to the U.S. envisioned by our founding fathers?

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Sadie Kuhn, Staff Writer

 That is a very yes and no answer. In many ways we became that and more. When the country was started it was supposed to be a place of the free where everybody was created equal. As stated in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” That was what the founding fathers wanted it to be. But it was anything but that; at that time, we had slavery, and women were treated as inferiors. It already wasn’t the U.S. they envisioned. But over the last centuries we have created a country that is. One where we can say we are all equal. We abolished slavery, gave women equal rights and overall made many strides in having people truly be equal. So we really did create a U.S envisioned by our founding fathers. However, in many other ways we have failed in that. 

For example, the founding father were against war and didn’t want to be involved in foreign affairs. 

“No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare,” said by James Madison, the fourth president.

But instead the U.S. has been at war for 93 percent of the time since the U.S. was  established and has had the world’s largest army. Often putting itself in conflicts that are unneeded, like the Vietnam War or the War on Terror. 

Our founders were afraid of government controlled by the rich, and yet that is what they would see today. The campaigns of elected officials being sponsored by big corporations and they don’t do it out of the goodness of their hearts, but for the influence on the politicians future decisions. 

The founders would also be seeing an U.S. filled with crime and violence. With 393 million firearms owned by civilians, allowing people to so easily gain access to such a deadly weapon is not helping keep violence down. 

There’s then about 47 million people dependent on food stamps and roughly the same amount on living below the poverty line. The supposed American Dream is out of reach for so many. This amount of suffering of U.Sx citizens would appal the founding fathers. Overall, the U.S. has simultaneously become the country of equality envisioned by our founding father, but has also become what they were afraid of.

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