The Declaration Of Independence By Thomas Jefferson Essay

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The Declaration of independence was carefully drafted by Thomas Jefferson with influence from 18th century Enlightenment Philosopher, primarily the ideas of John Locke regarding government. Although many American may not be aware the United States has a political philosophy, we do; it can be found in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. Our political philosophy derives from, “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.” It was written using “self-evident” to tell people that no matter what, this is a truth you can’t reason to, but only away from it. There was no way to dispute whether a person was given their “unalienable rights” or not. This emphasizes that people have certain rights which they are born with, ones that are given by their “God” whom is higher than any man or king on this earth. I don’t believe any king in that time was arrogant enough to believe they had higher power than “God”. Additionally, our political philosophy emphasizes that “all men are created equal.” This is not specific to the male gender but to all people in our society, at birth no one is neither greater than nor less than any other person. We do not grant titles of nobility nor have royal bloodlines in our country. Secondly, our political philosophy recognizes that the only legitimate government is…

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