Debating Meaning of Declaration of Independence and True Freedom


David Broder’s conclusion in his Independence Day column in ”’The Honolulu Advertiser”’ editorial section, July 4, 2003, asks if the wisdom in the Declaration of Independence still holds true today with the people who enjoy the freedom born out of its plea.

For me, a day doesn’t go by that I don’t wonder the same. But it is most certainly my fellow countrymen’s perceptions, such as those made by Mr. Broder that nag at my conscience.

His interpretation of the passage, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,