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Andrew DeCort

The basic ideal at the heart of the American political project is the gradual redemption of founding promises enshrined in law through popular struggle and political process. The Declaration of Independence (1776) stated: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The U.S. Constitution (1787) declared: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice…, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”