However, just for fun, lets go down this little jog...
Would you consider the Declaration of Independence a founding document in our common history of the United States?
Even if you do not, I would, and I think most of us Americans would. Additionally, just coincidentally, fortuitously, I would assert the D.O.I. IS the document at the very CONCEPTION of these great states unified against a common foe and declaring itself not only alive, even though not yet recognized, not yet quite birthed shall we say, yet quickly growing, developing. Our brains, our heart, our muscle, sinew, souls and the spirit to survive developing as rapidly as we plausibly could… with the mother country attempting to snuff out our very existence. This Revolutionary War the labor which which we toiled to achieve that victory, for all intents and purposes the culmination of which was the recognized birth of our nation, totally set aside, bands broken, umbilical snipped, on our own.
With that creating, the Declaration started the joining of all these different parts, beginning to work as one, not yet free from the mother country... but desiring our life, our independence.
By maybe an even greater quirk of circumstance, or maybe not as those founding fathers thought of just about everything, but by happenstance here in this, the conceiving document, the D.O.I. mentions all men [ meaning of course all mankind] are, guess what… created
, notice the “created
” not that pesky word “born
” being referenced here, undeniably importantly, that all men are created equal
. We know Jefferson did not just bandy words, especially not with oversight in draft from the likes of Franklin and Adams, no slouches themselves in skills of word-crafting, Jefferson was very economical and efficient with his verbiage.