Importance Of Ideals In The Declaration Of Independence

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A country needs ideals to have a strong and successful government. The United States of America has a Declaration of Independence wrote by Thomas Jefferson in 1776 to declare independence from England(BGE). Four ideals(conception of something in its perfection) are expressed in the Declaration of Independence: unalienable rights, equality, right to alter or abolish the government and the consent of the government. However which ideal is the most important. Without doubt unalienable rights, equality, and the right to alter or abolish a government are important ideals, however, consent of the government is the most important ideal to America’s government. In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson expresses unalienable rights as a ideal for the US government. It has been argued on National Public Radio that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are essential to America’s government(Doc B). Citizens need to be able to depend on unalienable rights without doubt that the government can take them away because they are rights citizens are born with. Sullivan believed the government should “place(s) liberty at the center of its concerns” in order to give the people the rights they deserve. This shows that unalienable rights are very important to the U.S. government in order to give the people the rights they deserve; however, it is not the most important one to the American society. Another ideal expressed in the Declaration of Independence is equality. During 1848, the
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