ENG 203 paper 1 - “Governments are instituted among men...

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Kirsten Wing A37359474 ENG 203, Sec.002 Sept. 19 th , 2007 What if all men are created equal? In 1776 five men had a very radical idea that lead to the birth of a nation. Tired of being over taxed and oppressed by King Henry, Thomas Jefferson along with the likes of Benjamin Franklin and John Adams wrote a document that would change politics and government forever. America was founded on the design of dissent and has been transforming itself ever since. Looking back on America, we see a country that is constantly revamping itself. Whether it is our founding fathers dumping tea into Boston Harbor, or Martin Luther King Jr. protesting civil rights, America never sits still, and why should it? Our country was founded on the belief that God endowed every man with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and no government has the right to take that away. Our founding fathers made sure these rights would be upheld when they wrote,
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Unformatted text preview: “Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers form consent of the governed, -- That whenever any form of government becomes destructive… it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.” Think of our country today if this part had been left out of the Declaration of Independence. Women, African Americans, and Latinos, along with many other minority groups would still be oppressed. Granted, all of our founding fathers were white protestant males, but the foundation they laid gave America the power to amend laws that were out dated and no longer benefited the country and its people. In conclusion, our country was founded on the idea of dissent and most American’s don’t realize that the privileges that they take for granted everyday wouldn’t even exist if the organizers of our country hadn’t written a simple manuscript called the declaration of independence....
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