The Beliefs And Ideas Of The Declaration Of Independence

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Philosopher G.K. Chesterton once said that “America is the only nation in the world that is founded on Creed. When he said this he was referencing the Declaration of independence which lays out our beliefs and goals for all to see. The founding of the United States was revolutionary, not purely because we replaced one ruler for another or because we over threw an oppressive institution but because we placed political authority in the hands of the people. Nearly every Nation that has been and will ever be has found purpose and defined their existence based on some sort of unifying quality be it religion, geography, history or ethnicity. This is where America stands alone. America was thought out and planned before it ever existed, it was planned …show more content…
The Declaration of Independence and eventually the Constitution of the United States are timeless documents of god given rights, purpose and guidelines for the government and the limits of said government. The declaration of independence states that “ 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”. To the American founding fathers our rights and freedoms were divine stemming from the laws of nature and of natures god therefore above the oppression of man. This is a permanent and all encompassing standard of America, “All men” truly meant every American regardless of race, gender or religion. With the principles of equality front and center the American Founders asserted that the American people could govern themselves and that the Government in place should be created for the people by the people under common beliefs and the rule of law. Thomas Jefferson said that “The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grave of God” The only way the American Government has legitimate power is by the consent of the governed. This is the is how the American government, society and independence was established by virtue of the American …show more content…
The American constitution is a natural progression from the American Creed that preaches individual freedom and liberties. As stated before there is no expected level of assimilation or prevention of you expressing your own personal beliefs. It is in our nature to pursue and practice our own faith which is why the first amendment says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”. The freedom of religion is the most important right as all other amendments come from our freedom of religion. In order to practice religion we must have free speech, the right to assemble in groups and pass out text and we have the right to do so without outward pressure from the government. How do we protect our first amendment rights? We do so with our second amendment right to bare arms. Each consecutive amendment right is set in place to preserve our values or to correct a violation of our American creed and belief system. In 1917 William Tyler Page wrote “The American Creed” which was accepted by the United States House of Representatives in 1918, Page said “I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are

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