Faith and Redemption, Not Just Sympathy

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  1. Shag from Brookline says:

    I think it’s unfair to say that Lepore “falls short.” Keep in mind that her’s is a short op-ed, too limiting, unlike Jack’s book, to extend beyond Lepore’s “response” to Rep. Paul Ryan’s “The Path to Prosperity” and his “nod” to Ben Franklin’s “The Way to Wealth” with the example of Ben’s sister.

    I look forward to reading Jack’s book. Since the days of the Declaration, it seems that after two steps forward towards its goal, there is one step back, which suggests that the goal may never be fully achieved, but may lead – with the Constitution – to a more perfect union, despite Rep. Ryan.

  2. Joe says:

    Lepore’s short book, “The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History” also cites her story.

  3. “As Balkin describes, the Declaration promises that “all people are created equal” and enjoy inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It instantiates an ideal of social equality and equal liberty.”

    I haven’t read the book. But does he point out that the Declaration’s phrase there really didn’t mean back then, what we read it now, in terms of social equality? It’s much better translated into modern terms as “There’s no divine right of kings, no person is intrinsically picked by God to be a sovereign”.

    After all, many of the signers had slaves.