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Ideology is political religion, said the conservative sage Russell Kirk.

And what is the defining dogma of the political religion, or ideology, of America in 2022?

Is it not that, “All men are created equal”?

Yet, as with every religion, a basic question needs first to be asked and answered about this defining dogma of liberal ideology.

Is it true? Are all men truly created equal? Are all races and ethnic groups equal? Are men and women equal? Are all religions equal? Or do we simply agree to accept that as true — and treat them all equally?

All Americans, we agree, have the same God-given rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” the same constitutional rights in the Bill of Rights, and the same civil rights, enshrined in federal law.

But where is the historic, scientific or empirical proof of the defining dogma of American democracy that “all men are created equal”?

Thomas Jefferson, the statesman who immortalized the words, did not believe in equality, let alone equity. How he lived his life testifies to this disbelief.

When he wrote the Declaration of Independence that contained the famous words, Jefferson was a slave owner. In that document, he speaks of the British as “brethren” connected to us by “ties of our common kindred,” ties of blood.

But not all of those fighting against us were the equals of the British.

There were, Jefferson wrote, those “merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”

In an 1815 letter to John Adams, Jefferson celebrated “a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents … The natural aristocracy I consider as the most precious gift of nature for the instruction, the trusts, and government of society.”

Jefferson was an aristocrat, not a democrat.

Abraham Lincoln opposed slavery but did not believe in racial or social equality. Though he cited Jefferson’s “all men are created equal” at Gettysburg, he had conceded in an 1858 debate with Stephen Douglas that, “We cannot, then, make them equals,” adding that the white race in America should retain the superior position.

With the Brown v. Board of Education decision desegregating public schools in 1954, and the civil rights acts of 1964, 1965 and 1968, a national effort was undertaken to bring about the social and political equality that Jefferson’s words of 1776 seemed to promise but failed to deliver.

At Howard University in 1965, Lyndon Johnson took the next step, declaring: “Freedom is not enough … We seek … not just equality as a right and a theory but equality as a fact and equality as a result.”

Yet, over half a century after the civil rights revolution, incomes and wealth are not equal. Nor is there equal representation in professions like law, medicine and higher education.

President Joe Biden’s people have pledged to Black America that they will mandate and deliver that equality of results. If equity does not now exist, the Biden administration will impose it.

And why not?

If all men (and women) are created equal, the most reasonable explanation for a consistent inequality of riches and rewards between men and women, and black and white, is that the game has been rigged. An inequality of riches and rewards exists because “systematic racism” coexists in American society alongside “white privilege.”

The remedy is also clear. As Ibram X. Kendi, author of “How to Be an Antiracist,” told The New York Times’ Ezra Klein: “Racist policies are defined as any policy that leads to racial inequity … intent of the policymaker doesn’t matter. It’s all about the fundamental outcome.”

Thus, a policy that ensures an equal place at the starting line but consistently fails to deliver an equal place at the finish line is, de facto, racist.

If Asian and black kids start kindergarten in the same class, and Asian kids in 12th grade are studying calculus while most black kids are still trying to master algebra, racism alone, by Kendi’s rule, can explain such a regular result.

The solution to persistent inequality?

Mandate equity; mandate equality of results; mandate equal rewards for black and white. Compel the government to produce policies that deliver an equality of results.

But what if inequalities have another explanation?

What if Asian Americans are naturally superior in mathematics?

What if an inequity of rewards in society is predominantly a result of an inequality of talents and abilities?

What if it is more true to say that, based on human experience, no two men were ever created equal, than to say all men are created equal?

As Kirk said, ideology is political religion.

What we witness today is the refusal of true believers in egalitarian ideology to accept that their core doctrine may not only not be true, but may be demonstrably false.

What we are witnessing in America is how true believers behave when they realize the church at which they worship has been erected on a bright shining lie and reality must inevitably bring it crashing down.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.” To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at

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  1. I believe the equality Jefferson wrote about means that all people, regardless of race or ethnicity, can achieve as much or as little as they are willing to strive for. Race does not enter that.

  2. Asians teach their kids as in pass it on to the next generation . I think there is nothing in Our genes to pass on such knowledge . It is nonsense to think such foolishness .

  3. All men, women, and children are created equal, why? God breathed
    into each a soul and He said all souls are mine. If you treat them different
    then you will deal with God. Maybe not at that moment but you will at
    His time. We can’t all do everything, the world needs plumbers and
    doctors. We need teachers and farmers.(or we will starve to death)
    If one doesn’t understand we all need and value everyone, I feel for
    you. We all bleed red blood, and in America we do not have Royality.

  4. The difference in equality is mainly societal. Blaks are much more likely to have a Mom only, no contact/training from the Dad, out-of-marriage birth, get into drugs.crime, and more.

  5. No, all men are not created equal. It has nothing to do with color of skin or physical disabilities, it does take into account intellectual prowess. Some are born to be their brother’s keeper, maybe not fair, but true. This is a varying observation, some need help doing taxes or help comprehending astrophysics, others need help tying their shoes or getting dressed. To say all men/women are equal is insanity.

  6. So, if we start a race and I beat all the other contestants to the finish line, I should stop and wait for those who are slower to catch up, then we can all cross the finish line at the same time and everyone is a winner? BS!!! In life there are going to be winners and losers, that’s the way it is.
    I can’t imagine asking a pro sports player to share his astronomical paycheck with me because he or she attained a goal that I couldn’t, but I want half of their rewards anyway.
    America, let’s get our collective heads out of our a** and achieve what we can with the abilities God gave us, celebrate what we can achieve the best we can, praise those that can do better, love one another and let these haters and baiters stew in their own self pity and move on.

  7. All men Are created equal, they are born blind, naked, unable to talk or communicate and completely helpless depending on someone else to meet their basic needs for survival.
    Now what that individual does from that point on is up to him. There are too many successful minorities who have risen to great heights to say that they didn’t have the intelligence or opportunity to succeed. We all start off with nothing. We are ALL created equal.

  8. “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” doesn’t mean that all will try for the prize! some just expect to get their participation trophy and believe that qualifies them as winners.

  9. Yes, all men are created equal but with different gifts as stated in the bible. Some gifts are more valued depending on the task at hand, but all gifts, small or large as God has bestowed on them, are to be respected. It doesn’t mean each gift will require the same level of education or training or compensation. Just as in a fruit salad each fruit contributes its gift which does not mean each gets to be the top banana.

  10. The problem is a refusal to accept the grace of God. People have been at each other’s throats since Cain murdered Abel and it’s not going to get better until Jesus’ final return. Yet we keep trying to fix spiritual problems with secular means. And the god of Secularism is Satan.

  11. I think Martin Luther King was trying hard to bind all together but he had some facts confused. God Rest His Soul. He was a good Man

  12. There were reasons why Martin Luther King was a Republican, and being a Christian was just one of them.

    Today, many Bishops, Pastors, and Priests proclaim that you can’t be a Democrat and a Christian too.

    The policies and agendas of the Democrat Party are contrary to what God’s teachings, precepts, and mandates are as written in the Bible, which those policies and agendas are proven to be what Satan’s political party would want.

    The Democrats’ supposedly Christian members are really more loyal and faithful to the Democrat Party than they are to their own proclaimed God.

  13. It’s not that all men are created equal, it’s all souls were created equal. The soul attaches to the body right before, during or right after birth and the adventure begins. Souls were created by God from his own being. They are literally clones of God, co-creators. Pure sentient emergy. When Atman (1st soul), aka, Adam aka Jesus said that what he can do, we can do & greater things, he was referring to our inherant powers as co-equals of God. Why aren’t we doing that now? Because we got trapped in the material world. Every generation some break free and return to the greater Universe. How do we break free? By practicing LOVE & FORGIVENESS. Forgiveness is the key. SELFISHNESS is the “sin” that keeps us trapped and can literally destroy our soul ((Picture a balloon popping) from which there is no coming back (to life in any form)
    How do I know this? From years of studying and meditation. From being told by complete strangers from starting from when I was 12 that this is my last life & then I’d never see them again. The last time it happened was about 5 years ago in Santa Cruz, CA as I was walking downtown to my favorite restaurant, a lady ran accross the street, stopped in front of me, apologised for stopping me and said that I was the 1st person she’d ever seen in her life whose chakras (aka, the endocrine glands, which is what our souls attach to) were all open. Three years ago, November I had a “calling” and began preparing for a new journey.
    Covid was released. I wrote a short book on how to treat it based on real “science” (I used to educate doctors in holistic medicine among other things). It was/is easy to treat. In China, using the treatment protocol had patients up and out ot the hospital in 3 days with no signs of infection. And, now we have a new one (that was wargamed 5 yrs ago to determine the fear level they needed to have to get people to get the sh…)
    My main journey is a spiritual one. On that note, thank you for reading and God Bless!

  14. If you don’t believe that we’re all created equal? Perhaps on our day of judgement, it will be made abundantly clear to you as you pack what few belongings you may have, a pitchfork, sledgehammer as you travel South to Hell!!! Take some ice water with you, I hear it’s in short supply!!!

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