Declaration of Independence - Excerpts and How I Interpret Them

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  • Excerpt 1
  • "All men are created equal!"
  • Excerpt 2
  • "...they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"
  • Excerpt 3
  • "Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed"
  • How I interpret it
  • When the D.O.I. says "men", it means white males only. It doesn't include women or black men. So really, not "all" men were equal back then.
  • How I interpret it
  • From the moment you are born, you posses certain rights that nobody should be able to take away, unless you take it away form yourself by commiting a crime, because in jail, nobody really has liberty.
  • Same basic rights
  • How I interpret it
  • Power doesn't belong to one person, but to every person in the nation, and using that power, they create a government, which does what the people want them to do.
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