Principles of The Declaration
The Declaration states, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights," This basically declares that it's obvious that all humans are made the same and have the right to live their life how they want, have justice in their life, and to just be happy.
These rights still true today. The rights are so broad that they cannot be outdated. There cannot be a functional and fair society without life, liberty, and happiness. The order of things would crumble and no one could be satisfied with what they have.
Inalienable rights matter to me a lot. I believe that everyone should be able to live how they want to. Everyone that is alive should have justice and fairness in their life. Nobody should be denied of their life.
Consent of the Governed
The idea of "consent of the goverened" is basically the idea that the government cannot just make descisions on their own. This thought is saying that the governed, or the people in the community, have a choice and a voice in the descisoins of their nation. Voting for leaders, choosing the laws, and even deciding if someone is guilty are all examples of consent of the governed.
Why we need Consent of the Governed
We need consent of the governed because otherwise, we would have no freedom. Places like North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam, etc, do not have the privlige to live their lives how they want because of the way their government works. The citizens in those counries do not have consent of the governed. They do not have any voice or choice, which is why we need this great idea.
Responsibility for our Rights
The people that our responsible for our rights would be our government. Our president has to have laws that let us have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Congress has to make laws to protect these rights. Police officers and etc. have to enforce these rights.