Are All Democrats This Clueless About the Declaration of Independence?

It seems that Louisiana State Rep. Barbara Norton, D-Shreveport, doesn’t understand history or the Declaration of Independence. During a debate about a bill that would require schools to teach students about America’s founding documents, Norton objected– basing her argument on her misunderstanding of history or the legal document that founded America and its subsequent jurisprudence. She said:

“Representative Hodges, I’m not really sure what your intent is, but one thing that I do know is all men are not created equal.

“When I think back in 1776, July the fourth, African-Americans were slaves. And for you to… you to bring a bill to request that our children will recite the Declaration, I think it’s a little bit unfair to us to ask those children to recite something that’s not the truth.”

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“You don’t think that all men are created equal?” asked. Rep. Hodges. She responded:

“For you to ask our children to repeat the Declaration stating that all mens are free… I think that’s unfair. In 1776, Dr. King was not even born. He was not even… African-Americans were in slavery. So, since they were in slavery, and the Declaration of Independence say we were all treated eq-… we were all created equal, we were not created equal because in 1776, July the fourth, I nor you nor any of us were born, nor was Dr. King born, so we were in slavery, and to have our children to repeat… to repeat again and again documents that was not even validated(4), I don’t think that that’s fair because we’re teaching them a lie.”

A post at RedState accurately suggests that Dr. King had nothing to do with the Declaration of Independence and asks if Norton believes King freed the slaves. Is she entirely ignorant about the Revolutionary War and the Civil War?

Worse still– she refutes her own reasoning, criticizing slavery for being morally wrong, yet at the same time argues “all men are not created equal.” The entire point of equality stems from creation, not manmade laws. Slavery is only repugnant because all men were created equal by God.

Listen to her remarks:

H/T Joe Newby at

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I am the supreme law of the United States. Originally comprising seven articles, I delineate the national frame of government. My first three articles entrench the doctrine of the separation of powers, whereby the federal government is divided into three branches: the legislative, consisting of the bicameral Congress; the executive, consisting of the President; and the judicial, consisting of the Supreme Court and other federal courts. Articles Four, Five and Six entrench concepts of federalism, describing the rights and responsibilities of state governments and of the states in relationship to the federal government. Article Seven establishes the procedure subsequently used by the thirteen States to ratify it. I am regarded as the oldest written and codified constitution in force of the world.

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