We come to wonder in times like these,
Whether the founders’ vision as first conceived,
Was a light for the ages from Enlightenment’s steeple,
Or a just votive candle for the lesser-blessed people.
For Founding Fathers like Madison and Hamilton,
Though men of good will were inarguably masculine,
Whose unalienable rights attended the fortunes of birth,
Where color and land were measures of worth.
Yet believing in full,
’Twas the way God designed it,
The true order of man,
Who were they to unwind it?
Still, there was more to their vision,
Than even they ever saw,
As the breadth of their wisdom,
Slowly codified into law.
Ever-widening the definition,
Of all men being equal,
Whether by gender or race,
Eventually all became legal.
And though the union isn’t perfect,
Nor ever likely to be,
The struggle for inclusion,
Stretches sea to shining sea.