Matthew Spalding 's We Still Hold These Truths : Rediscovering Our Principles

919 Words Dec 7th, 2016 4 Pages
Matthew Spalding’s We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future, tackles the top ten principles that define America: liberty, equality, natural rights, consent of the governed, private property, the rule of law, constitutionalism, self-government, and independence. He breaks down the ten principles which our founding fathers set as a base for our country. However, over time America’s values have changed and our main goals such as equality, constitutionalism, and independence according to Spalding it needs to be relooked upon. Spalding expressed his opinion on America’s view of liberty and he believes that, “Of the many influences that shaped the American concept of liberty, the first and most formative was faith”(Spalding 12). Having God as a foundation for liberty helped form the culture and morals of the colonial citizens. Equality is another natural freedom everyone possesses under the law. However, over there has been different perspectives on what gender is actually created equal but mainly other beleive, “That “all men” are created equal is not a reference to males as opposed to females but means the whole human species”(Spalding 40). These laws intertwine with the views of natural rights, most famously known from John Locke 's perspective of rights the founders settled upon them since they, “understood the argument for natural rights to be a continuation of both the English republican tradition—in writers such as John…

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