Essay about The Rights Of The People 's Hands

1652 Words Nov 19th, 2016 7 Pages
Abraham Lincoln once said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” It is sad to say that this quote is still relevant to this day. America was founded on democracy. Our founding fathers believed that the power should be in the people’s hands; but is the power truly in the people’s hands? In recent times our democracy has changed from its original ideals and intents. These rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, which are inalienable and given to us by our creator. The first inalienable right that has been taken away from the American citizens is “life”. A prime example of this is legalizing abortion. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, each year in the United States, there are nearly 1.1 million abortions performed (Abortion Facts). It also says that half of these women looking for an abortion, have already had an abortion. These statistics are atrocious and inhumane. Former United States President Ronald Reagan once said, “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born”. As privileged as American citizens are, we tend to take a lot of things for granted, including life itself. Another example of these restrictions would be retired life. Although retired life is portrayed to be easy going and leisure, it couldn’t be further from the truth. “One in six citizens of America live in poverty” (Bernard). It is an uphill battle for American…

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