Equality: The Apple of Gold
By Hillsdale College August 15, 2013
President Larry Arnn explains the principle of equality set forth by the Declaration of Indepedence.
STUDENT: Hello, I’m Mackenzie, a student at Hillsdale College. Here is Hillsdale President Larry Arnn on the great principle of equality set forth by the Declaration of Independence.
DR. ARNN: Abraham Lincoln described the Constitution as a picture or frame of silver, built to guard or protect an apple of gold, the apple being the Declaration of Independence and its principle of equal rights to all. This principle of equal rights, Lincoln said, “clears the path for all—gives hope to all—and, by consequence, enterprise, and industry to all.” There are many today who seek to limit, or distort this, great principle by employing a distorted definition of equality—an equality of condition or outcome. Regardless how people live their lives. This distortion, if generally accepted, will lead to an America less prosperous and less free.
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