Defining the Declaration

By: Ramsey Davies

Some of the 56 signers

Unalienable Rights in a Nutshell

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." (Declaration of Independence)

The founding fathers of our country believed that as men, they were entitled to certain rights.  They believed that these rights were as much apart of you as your personal thoughts or the blood in your veins, something that can't be taken away.

Responsibility for Our Rights

"We the people," the Declaration claims. We the people hold the responsibility to protect our rights. While we elect representatives and a leader, they alone are not held accountable. We as United States citizens give power to our government and if we allow them to take away our rights we have failed.

Unalienable Rights : Outdated or Not?

The principals of unalienable right are not outdated, and won’t ever be. No matter what, the United States was born in freedom’s name and it should continue to stay that way without regard to the year.

Consenting to the Government

We the people, give the government it’s power. When we are unhappy with the ways things are run we have the power to change things through elections.

Why is Power Controlled by the People?

All just governments, no matter the form, should be concerned about what is best for it’s people. When governments decide that they know best, they often lose sight of what’s truly best for their people, the people need to be able to let the government know what they think. The people should be able to riot, they should be able to inflict change, and they should be able to have a respected view different from that of their government.

Government by Consent : Outdated or Not?

People today should still have equal powers in government, just as one branch doesn’t have more power than another, the branches shouldn’t have more power than the people.

Do These Principles Matter?

Yes, I hope that these principals don't change because I like knowing that I'll have a say in what my government does.