To What Extent Must Our Laws That Which Govern The People, Change Or Adapt With Their People?

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To what extent must our laws that which govern the people, change or adapt with the people? In an ever-progressing world is it feasible to rely on the same government that once lead our founding fathers? Is it even possible or reasonable for a nation to remain governed by the same laws that allowed slavery, unequal protection, and severely limited our rights of privacy? History has answered these questions for us: no. But before these changes even occurred, Thomas Jefferson asked the same question in regards to the laws of our land. After all, it was the inability of the long- standing British parliament to govern the people that lead to its colonial downfall, the Declaration of Independence, and creation of the United States. From these…show more content…
The lack of representation and rights lead the colonists astray from the rule of their native country, causing much disagreement among both parties. The Stamp and Townshend Acts were a few acts that unreasonably placed taxes on the American colonists for their own goods. These taxes were not being used to pay for colonist expenses nor were the people being represented in their government when deciding these taxes. One of the final incidents that broke the relationship between the British people and their colonists was the Boston Massacre, when British Army soldiers shot into a crowd without any order to do so, killing three people and wounding others. Soon after, the American revolution was underway, leaving the people to decide how they would soon govern their nation. When finalized, the founding fathers put the power in the hands of the people to decide how they would be lead, not god, who previously ruled over them. For that old government didn’t represent the people and just as Jefferson stated was more of “an act of force, and not right”. The inability of the British government to adapt to their peoples’ needs undermined any liberty the colonists once had, thus providing a guide to the people on how they would rule themselves in the future. Not only was Jefferson correct once in his theory when the parliament failed the colonies, but a second time again during the failure of the articles of Confederation and formation of the Constitution. Under the

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