Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence was the symbol of a new life for the colonies. The declaration has a couple very important and well known terms. those are unalienable rights and "consent of the governed". These are very important to our government.  

Unalienable Rights

Unalienable rights are basically rights that a human is born with, natural rights. In the declaration it states, "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.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." This quote shows the unalienable rights that the colonies had. The people of the government are to make sure these rights are to be never taken away from us.

Consent of The Governed

Consent of the governed is, the people giving the government permission to do something. An example of this is voting. We need consent of the governed because without it the government would have to much power over the people.


I think unalienable rights and consent of the governed are more true for the citizens of America today than it was back then. Today, everyone has rights. Back then unless you were a rich white man none of it applied to you. These 2 things matter a lot to me because without them a lot of my life and friends life would be totally different.