Unalienable Rights and Consent of the Governed
What are Unalienable Rights and Consent of the Governed?
-Unalienable Rights are the rights of the people that cannot and should never be taken away from the people. These rights are given to people by nature and not the government. However, some of these rights are debatable as to whether they should be unalienable or not.
-Consent of the Governed is the concept in which the people own the government and the government does not own the people. If the government grows corrupt, the people have the consent (permission) to get rid of that government. This is because without the people there is no one to govern so the government, in a way, relies on the people.
Why does a just government need consent of the governed?
-A just government needs consent of the governed because a just government at one time does not mean it will always be just. In the future the government can fall apart and become more of a burden than a helping hand. This is sort of like America's government in the present day. America's government used to function well in the past, but in the past couple decades certain politicians have become concerned with just getting more votes rather than caring for America. There is always a possibility that a government can go bad no matter how great it was in the past.
Who is responsible for protecting or guaranteeing our unalienable rights?
-The people are responsible for protecting their own rights. The government allows these rights but does not really protect them. In fact, if the people allowed the government to take these rights away it is possible that the government could try to take them away. If the people did not protect their rights we might not have any.
Are the principles of unalienable rights and government by consent in the Declaration outdated, or are they still true today?
-These principles continue to grow more and more outdated. The government continues to become more powerful and the consent of the governed fades away in proportion. The more powerful the government becomes the more difficult it would be to get rid of the government. And, if the government wanted to take our unalienable rights we might not be able to do anything about it. The principals of unalienable rights and consent of the governed are becoming outdated very fast.
Do these principals matter to me? If so, how and why?
-These principals do matter to me. They matter to me because even though they do not impact me or apply to me as a young person, I am very aware that these principals will impact me in the future. If my inalienable rights were taken away and the government would not allow the people to get rid of it I would be very upset. I definitely value these principals and hope that they will remain part of the United States government.