Essay on Declaration Of Independence Today

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     A Latin statement commonly used in the Middle Ages to define the purpose of government reads: servitium propter jura, non potestas praeter jura. This succinct statement translates to mean, “service to and for the sake of rights, not a power exercised beyond or outside of rights.” This age-old definition of what gains a government should work toward, coupled with a belief in the importance of universal rights, provided in essence the backbone of the American Declaration of Independence. However, Thomas Jefferson and the Continental Congress chose a more contemporary elaboration of what was meant by those succinct Latin words when they endeavored to break the union with England.
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This in itself shows that England was not the audience for which the Declaration was intended, despite common beliefs to the contrary. Instead, the Founding Fathers had a much higher intention in mind.
The Declaration of Independence, as an entire document, is written in four basic parts. The First, which Americans are most familiar with, sets forth broadly the nature and intent of passing a resolution of independence. This portion of the Declaration of Independence lays out those principles of human rights that were important to the colonies and which they felt were being denied. However, it was also a universal affirmation of the popular opinion of the time, a message to the world that finally a populace was going to take control of an overbearing government and institute a new form that consisted with the will of the governed.
According to the Declaration, “all men are created equal.” At first glance this may seem an impossibly optimistic statement, yet it does prove trues upon later examination. The

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