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Rebecca Kuemmel October 6 th 2008 PHI 108.04 Excursion #3: Jefferson 1. All men have certain unalienable rights that are: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 2. All men are created equal. 3. When a long train of abuses and usurpations occur, and rights are no longer protected, people can create a new govt. 4. Government is put in place to protect people’s rights. 5. The present King of Great Brittan does not pass laws for the good of the people 6. He refuses to let other leaders be elected. 7. He keeps armies around in times of peace. 8. He imposes taxes without consent. 9. He burnt towns and destroyed people’s lives. 10. He has waged war against the colonies. 11. The King is defined as a tyrant. 12. Tyrants are unfit to be the ruler of a free people. 13. The colonies are made up of free people. 14. The King is not fit to rule the colonies.
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Unformatted text preview: 3. Jefferson considers protection of the people’s rights to be the proper ends of government. And if the people’s rights are not protected the people have to right, and the duty, to overthrow the government after a long train of abuses and wrong-doings. The King has destructed these ends by not passing laws for the good of the people, keeping armies present in times of peace, imposing taxes without consent, burned towns and destroyed lives and waged war against the colonies. 4. All men are created equal because they are all issued several unalienable rights that should not be put down or inhibited by a government. The rest of Jefferson’s argument should state how the King’s actions inhibit these unalienable rights, not just say how he is a tyrant and tyrants cannot rule a free people....
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