Declaration of Independence

5 tasks:

1) Explain the ideas of unalienable rights and government by consent.

2) Why does a just government need consent of the governed?

3) Who is responsible for protecting or guaranteeing our unalienable rights?

4) Are the principles of unalienable rights and government by consent in the Declaration outdated, or are they still true today?

5) Do these principles matter to you? If so, how and why?

Declaration of Independence

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1) Explain the ideas of unalienable rights and government by consent.

Unalienable or inalienable rights are natural rights. For example, they're not rights you can sell, they cannot be transferred , and they cannot be removed.

Governed by consent means the authority of the government should depend on the consent (permission for something to happen) of people.

2) Why does a just government need consent of the governed?

Basically this sentence is asking, "why does a fair government need the approval of the governed?" To me, a fair government still needs the say of the people living in it. If you are living by that government, you should give ideas to one another to try and make things better. Everyone deserves to speak out and be heard by others and to create new ideas.

3) Who is responsible for protecting or guaranteeing our unalienable rights?

Everyone. It's one of those thing that everyone haas to work together on. We all have to also be independent in a way and worry about ourselves so everything else goes smoothly.

4) Are the principles of unalienable rights and government by consent in the Declaration outdated, or are they still true today?

I think for the most part they are still true today.


One right that stood out to me that is still true today said, "For I'm posing taxes on us with out our consent" This is still true today because nobody wants taxes... if everyone took a vote on if we should get taxed or not, everybody would want to not get taxed. So yeah this one is still true because we get taxed either way without our approval.

5) Do these principles matter to you? If so, how and why?

Yes, some of these principles matter to me because I want to be able to live by how I want to live. I don't want war just like we all don't want war. Everybody wants things to go smooth and peacefully just like I do. Also this kinda ties back to taxes a little bit in a way because the majority of people would vote against taxes but yet we still have them. I think that it should be the other way around being if the majority of the people want something and they have good proof behind why they want it, then they should get it.

Credible Sources: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

http://www.claremont.org/basicPageArticle/the-declaration-of-independence-as-viewed-from-the-states/#.VHNXcovF8ag

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