Consent of the Governed and Unalienable Rights Assessment Project

By. Kaylen Aldridge

Unalienable Rights

Unalienable rights are rights all humans are born with; life liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The government can not take away these rights and everyone has them.

Consent of the Governed

The Consent of the Governed means that some of the power would go to the people. We in America do this by voting and having representatives.  The government's power is limited and some of the power is within the people being governed

Why does a just government need consent of the governed?

A just government needs consent of the governed because the government shouldn't have all of the power. Even if it's fair, the people should still have a say in what happens to them or not.

Who is responsible for protecting or guaranteeing our unalienable rights?

Our government should be responsible for protecting our unalienable rights. They are the leaders of our country, the ones who decide things that happen to us. Before they decide things they need to consider if what they are doing affects us and our unalienable rights.

                                                    (This picture is on the $2 bill)

Are the principles of unalienable rights and government by consent in the Declaration outdated, or are they still true today?

The principles in the Declaration of Independence are not outdated. Today they still mean and protect the same things. They protect our life, liberty, and right to pursue happiness, and they still say that the governed have a part in government.

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

Yes, the principles do matter to me. I have unalienable rights and I want them to be protected. the government shouldn't be able to take away my life, freedom, or my right to pursue happiness. And although I'm not old enough to vote yet, I will be in 4 years and I like the idea of having a say in the government and being able to choose the person who leads my country.