The, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness Essay

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“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”

In 1776, the colonist of America fought and gained their freedom from the monarchical British Parliament. As a result, the leaders of our constitution created 10 amendments called the “bill of rights,” which was set to provide fundamental laws to the citizens, which guarantee basic rights and protection from government violation. Over 200 years later, these amendments are still recognized as well as 17 added to the constitution. Western philosophy has had a strong impact for protection of the people’s individual rights, while minimizing governmental power. Since the original bill of rights in 1787, there have been further amendments such as the (13th) abolishment of slavery, (19th) women’s rights to vote, and (14th) which grants citizenship to all people born in US, including formal slaves, and cannot deny any person “life, liberty, and property.” Many of our nation’s amendments have been influenced by writings of individual rights philosophers such as Thomas Hobbs, John Locke, Henry David Thoreau, John Stuart Mill, as well as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Thomas Hobbs (1588-1679) and John Locke (1632-1704) were pioneers philosophers that recognized the importance of strong individual citizens, and a limited government. John Locke, also known as the “massive national cliché,” had a major impact on the direction of our constitution. Locke believed a government was selected by citizens and was designed for the common good of…

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