America's Declaration of Natural Rights--An Examination of the Declaration of Independence
What does Liberty mean to you?
The ability to do what you want without infringing on the rights of others.
Primary Sources at the Library of Congress
**Natural Rights--not created by law. Not granted these rights, but we are born with these rights.
You have the rights to your own body--your property. (Murray Rothbard)
Bill of Rights follows natural rights
America was founded on Natural Rights
Declaration of Independence--author was Thomas Jefferson and four others. Much of Jefferson's writing of the Declaration was taken from philosophers, politicians and scientists before him. This was not plagiarizing--but it showed his power.
Jefferson--renaissance man; politician, author, musician..always trying to improve himself. Started the Library of Congress. Dedicated his life to reading. Locke and Newton were his idols, and his writings took away a lot from Locke's works.
"All Men Are Created Equal"
Divine rights of Kings;
Jefferson disagrees, saying we all get rights at birth; not from Kings.
"Consent of the Governed"
Did the Declaration of Independence support the secession of the Confederate States. Were the Confederate states exercising natural rights or natural wrongs?
Do you feel voting in the United States appoints the government power through the consent of the governed?
What about Bush v. Gore?
"Train of Abuses"
have the right to revolution.
"Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness"
Property was removed from the draft by Ben Franklin, one of the draftees.
What does the phrase "pursuit of happiness." Jefferson put this phrase in.
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