05 September 2018
Ideals of the Declaration of Independence
” We the people hold these truths to be self- evident: that all men and women are created equal” ( Declaration of Sentiments). The ideals of the Declaration of Independence would be considered a topic that is very important. Many people have their preference when it comes to the ideals from the Declaration of Independence. These ideals can be considered important due to obvious reasons. They all somehow have ties to each other and they support each other meaning that whether or not people choose different ideals, they will all still have some importance to the people. Some may choose liberty, others may choose the pursuit of happiness. I however, believe that equality, the consent of the governed, and the right to alter or abolish the government may be considered the most important ideals.
The first Declaration of Independence ideal that I think is important would be equality. Equality would be considered an important ideal due to the fact that without equality we as people and citizens of the United States of America, would not be able to have the same or equal opportunities as others. According to the Declaration of Sentiments, Women’s Right Convention, it clearly states ” that all men and women are created equal.” Equality is something that should be viewed as a privilege and something great. Equality allows people to have the the same opportunities as everyone else. In some cases equality can mean so much to an immigrant coming from a different country. For example, Diana Pham and her husband,Vi Luu, arrived in Chicago in 1980 from refugee camps in Indonesia and Malaysia. Before arriving to the U.S. they both may not have had the equality that they wanted and deserved. Therefore, they moved to America, so that way their daughter’s may have that equality that they may have never once had. ” My daughter’s, like other Americans, had an equal opportunity to succeed” (Pham 1). Having equality and being able to be equal with one another can be something so important and it may mean a lot to people. However, equality in 1776 didn’t apply to everyone it only applied to white American men. The fact that equality has changed so much throughout time really does say so much. “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal…”(Declaration of Sentiments ). However, there is also another important ideal that places a big role in society.
The second Declaration of Independence ideal that I think would be considered important would be the consent of the governed. It is important to consider the opinions or saying of the people. Without the consent the government may have to much power and begin to control the people. People should have the right to have a saying in how the government may be. To better understand what the term ” consent of the governed” means it’s best to look at a place that is lacking this. “In the spring of 1989, Chinese university students and other protesters occupied Tiananmen Square in Beijing. They condemned government corruption and called for a change to democracy” ( The Telegraph (UK). In some countries people don’t get to decide or choose how the government should be instead they’ll be forced to follow ideals that they believe are considered to be wrong. In ” The Consent of the Government: Essential Principles,” by Democracy Web, it clearly states how ” The most fundamental concept of democracy is the idea that government exists to secure the rights of the people and must be based in the consent of the governed….”. The United States of America is to be considered a country that allows consent of the governed. They allow citizens and people to vote to allow selection of political representatives and they allow the establishment of their own government. “The United States of America was the first modern state formed around the principal of consent of governed”(Democracy Web….). The idea that people get consent may mean a lot due to the fact that they know and understand what they need to make their country and government better. However, with consent also come with the right to alter or abolish a government
The third and last important ideal of the Declaration of Independence would be the right to alter or abolish the government. The right to alter or abolish the government dates back to the Tea Party movement. The Tea Party had certain beliefs and ideal when it came to the government. “They support a smaller government, lower taxes, and reduction not the national debt” ( Declaration of Tea Party Independence). The government can fail the people in certain situations as well as elective officials. “The Tea Party Movement, seek to restore the policies, which are proven safeguard liberty and prosperity for all” ( Declaration of Tea Party Independence). Although people may have the right to alter or abolish the government, in some cases they will only be able to alter the government. Since the government does hold more power than the people, the citizens will only be able to possibly alter the government but not to abolish it. In 2003 a group of people launched a movement because people were angry about the bigness of the federal government ( Carol Moore Report). Even though people can’t really abolish the government they could still alter it allowing them to have a say in how they believe the government should be or to fix the errors of the giver
Indeed, that there were many important aspects of the Declaration of Independence. For example, freedom, equality, and rights. However, many people all had their own thoughts and views on which one is more important than other. Maybe people believed that equality was more important than liberty or the right to alter or abolish a government was more important than the consent of the governed. Nonetheless it was important for people to have a prefered ideal. For myself equality, consent of the governed, and the right to alter or abolish the government would be considered as an important ideal form the Declaration of Independence. These three ideals all connect to each other making them equally strong.