The Declaration of Independence

By: Kalyn Taylor

Inalienable rights and Government by consent of the governed

Inalienable rights: A right according to natural law, a right that cannot be taken away, denied, or transferred

Government by consent of the governed: A political theory in which a government or set of governments could only be deemed legitimate if it is supported by the people under which it exercises its political influence.

The idea of inalienable rights is that no one can take away these rights. Parliament didn't respect these laws. The fact that Parliament didn't respect the ideas of government by the consent of the governed, and inalienable rights makes them both great reasons to separate from Britain.

Why does a just government need consent of the governed?

In North Korea their government is comparable to a tyranny. Hitler was a tyrant who thought his rule was right and no one els'. These examples of tyrants and tyrannies are examples of an unjust government. We, in the U.S. have a democracy, where the people have a say in the government. The U.S. government is a fair government because we have freedoms that everyone has. Our democracy enables the people to stand up for what they think is right, instead of having only the person in power making the laws they think are right. We have different branches that help to make fair laws and rules. In North Korea there are unjust labor camps and lack of media and contact outside of the country. The government wants to seal off the population so they don't get the idea of rioting and overthrowing their unjust government.

Who is responsible for protecting or guaranteeing our unalienable rights?

I feel that we are partly responsible for protecting our unalienable rights, as well as our government for guaranteeing them. We the people are responsible for protecting our unalienable rights because we have different freedoms that allow us legal ways to protect them. We also have more numbers apposed to the government. As an example in the U.S some people are standing up for gay rights, and although the laws have to be passed and such, the people have more numbers compared to the people in the government making decisions. As for unalienable rights people should be able to the pursuit of happiness, life and liberty. Gay rights have to do with the pursuit of happiness as well as life and liberty.

Are the principles of unalienable rights and government by consent of the governed in the Declaration outdated, or are they still true today?

For the most part I feel that unalienable rights are still true today, as well as government by consent of the governed. But there are certain circumstances that they are not being upheld, such as gay rights and in North Korea. In North Korea their leader, Kim Jong-Un has enforced labor camps, many North Koreans are being abused, imprisoned and starved. All media is controlled by the government, and no one is aloud to leave or enter North Korea, making it one of the few places where unalienable rights and government by consent of the government is outdated.

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

These principles do matter to me. One of the reasons they do matter to me is that I have grown up with the idea of freedom and being able to express myself. If there were no unalienable rights or government by consent of the governed the U.S. government would not be like it is today. The government would probably be more similar to the North Korean government, and that wouldn't be good. I wouldn't want to be in a place where we couldn't leave, watch T.V or talk to my friends. I am glad to be living in the U.S. where we have the freedoms that make it such a great place to live.