Personally, I don’t think the U.S. is living up to the ideals of the Declaration of Independence. It states that all men are created equal, but the high rates of African-American people being killed by police shows that isn’t the case. For example, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot after police mistook his toy gun for a real one. Neither of the officers involved were charged for his death. Events such as this seriously bring into question whether this country is upholding everyone’s right to life. However, our country is slowly improving. The recent passing of a bill allowing same-sex marraige in all 50 states shows that this country is getting closer to equality for all, as well as protection of the right to the pursuit of happiness.