Essay on Thomas Jefferson 's Declaration Of Independence
“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, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness--That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying it’s Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” (Jefferson 412).
In this quote, Jefferson is saying that every person is born with natural rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nobody can take these rights away even the government. If a government threatens these rights, then it is in the power of the people to abolish that government. These rights still exsist in today’s America but they are not strongly emphasized as Jefferson made them. When Jefferson also states,
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all…