Principles of the Declaration

By: Matthew Hampton

The Declaration of Independence was a document that stated the United Sates' freedom from Britain. The American colonies declared independence because Britain was taxing the Colonies and America wasn't able to elect a representative to the government in Britain.

The Declaration of Independence is based the consent of the governed.  In the old days, the kings or the rulers had all the power and  the people were servants. The Colonists believed  that the system should be the other way around. They believed that the government should have their permission to pass laws and that the power was in the people or, governed. The colonists also believed that the government needed the consent of the governed (The people).

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness were examples of unalienable rights listed in the Declaration of Independence. An unalienable right is a right or freedom given to us by our creator (God).

Both the people and the government are responsible for keeping our rights. For example, we cannot put someone in jail but with our permission, the government can provide proper punishment. People create governments to protect and secure their unalienable rights.

The principles of unalienable rights are still true to this day. This is also appearing in other countries around the world. It is more important today because people are still able to have these rights.  We the people can only give the government power, and we still hold all of our rights. We may even have more rights today because of education and communication.

I believe that these principles apply to me today because I have the right to live, to be free, to be happy and many more. These rights apply to me because of my unalienable rights, and the Declaration of Independence.

The Declaration of Independence had many influences on other countries. Fore example, The French Revolution was influenced by The Declaration of Independence.  The Declaration of Independence not only changed the U.S.A. but also changed the  course of the world.

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