3. What are the “unalienable Rights?”
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
4. Where do the just powers of government come from?
powers from the consent of the
5. What right do the people have if the government “becomes destructive?”
the right to
abolish or alter it
6. What does Jefferson say the King of Great Britain has established over the colonies?
establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states/people they are governing
Part 3: Grievances
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless
suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he
has utterly neglected to attend to them. He has refused to pass other Laws for the
accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of
Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from
the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance
with his measures. He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with
manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. He has refused for a long time,
after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers,
incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State
remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and
convulsions within. He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that
purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to
encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for
establishing Judiciary powers. He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the
tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. He has erected a
multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat
out their substance. He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the
consent of our legislatures. He has affected to render the Military independent of and
superior to the Civil power. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction