“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are all endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness . . .”
These words have resonated in our American discourse for 247 years. Through the conscious employment of capitalization, certain guideposts were established. These unalienable rights (not transferable to another; not capable of being taken away or denied) are supported by a permanent fund. The endowment is not from a preemptive creator (the); but from one of choice (their). Those 37 words in our Declaration of Independence lay the foundation for a justice system based on the recognition of rights that are equal, accessible, permanent, and resilient. But then the reality sets in.
As the history of our legal system has documented, the application of these rights has not been equal, accessible, or permanent. They may however be resilient. If we acknowledge other truths in the history of our justice system, it is possible that these unalienable rights may spring back, rebound, or return to their original form or position after being bent, compressed, or stretched. The choice is ours.