While the government the founding fathers established had a purpose of protecting the divine rights granted to man, more issues arose due to the inability of the government to fully protect all human rights. Jefferson stated in The Declaration of Independence “that all men are created equal,” (Jefferson, 2014, p. 108). However, the government did not uphold this ideal. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the leaders of the civil rights movement, encouraged Americans to practice civil disobedience to attempt to make a change in the treatment the African-American people endured under the ideals of the government. Segregation laws were considered unjust under the divine law.
Thomas Paine, in the pamphlet Common Sense, succeeded in convincing the indifferent portion of colonial society that America should secede from Britain through moral and religious, economic, and governmental arguments. Using strong evidence, targeting each separate group of people, Thomas Paine served not only to sway the public 's opinion on American independence, but also to mobilize the effort to achieve this ultimatum. The first reason for independence is the injustice Americans have faced due to Britain’s faulty government. The initial argument for Britain having a flawed government was posed in the statement “though we have been wise enough to shut and lock the door against absolute monarchy, we at the same time have been foolish enough
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Since America’s declaration of independence from Great Britain, people have the right to overthrow or reform their government when it is not performing well. Regarding time, Thoreau said, “Unjust laws exist; shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once? Men generally, under such a government as this, think that they ought to wait until they have persuaded the majority to alter them” (311-312). He was emphasizing the fact that people shouldn’t accept unjust laws, even if it meant being alone. Unfortunately, situations like slavery and the many decades of inequality towards African Americans occurred.
They believed they should get all of the rights their fellow man but the British thought the way it was set up was perfect. Who could blame them all of the laws like the sugar act, currency act and 7 more only issued to the colonies could upset anyone. Thomas Jefferson stated “Our properties within our territories should not be taxed or regulated by any power on earth but our own.” (Jefferson). This quote shows how frustrated the thirteen colonies were with all of the regulation and taxes by Great Britain. Taxes were one of the reasons the American Revolution war s... ... middle of paper ... ...t being free from the govern slavery of Great Britain.
It was the start of a revolution for the Americans. Britain was the legal and legitimate owner of the American Colonies. The Colonies decided upon a forcible break with the mother country and alleged wrongful acts by the British Government. Because we wanted our own society and our own form of government in effort to shift from a monarchy to a form of democracy, the British imposed us with many unruly laws which did give us a say in the government whatsoever; King George III of Great Britain ignored our problems because he was only required to make any laws he wanted regardless people disagreed with them or not and we could not vote for a politician that would serve our interests America is the one of the only nation in the world whose establishment was only based on an idea. And that one idea is what made the American Revolution a revolution.
This was the situation of the Colonies at the time. Were the Colonies, therefore, justified in emancipating from the British Crown? The American Declaration of Independence gives some strong reasons why this emancipation was justified. Before giving these reasons, the Declaration states when a Government should be removed, proceeding from principles of human nature. These principles are that all men were created equal and “are e... ... middle of paper ... ...life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to its subjects.” Finally, the Crown had repeatedly abused the rights of the American Citizens by refusing to assent to laws; for neglecting to pass laws concerning immediate and important issues and it has imposed heavy taxes amongst its subjects, without the consent of the governed.
Locke talked about how people have the right to overthrow and unjust government and Jefferson also had this concept in the writing of the Declaration. The Declaration was created to explain why the colonies wanted independence from the British. The similarity between both the arguments is that Jefferson wanted to separate from a government that treated the people poorly “to dissolve the political bands” (Constitution) and Locke had the same idea that people need to get rid of the corrupt government. In the second part of the Declaration, Locke’s influence can be further seen when Jefferson states that “all men are created equal.” There is also another similarity between both the documents as Jefferson explains in the Declaration that all men have the rights to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Locke also emphasized this point except Locke believed that all men have the rights to life, liberty and property. Locke wrote earlier that revolutions are rare because most times the people do not feel that the government is abusing the power too much.
The Constitution gave Congress no specific authorization to issue charters of incorporation ·Unless Congress adhered to a strict interpretation of the Constitution, critics argue, the central government might oppress the states and trample individual liberties, just as Parliament had done to the colonies ·The president accepted Hamilton’s cogent argument for a loose interpretation of the Constitution ·Tariffs doubly injured the majority of citizens, first by imposing heavy import taxes that were passed on to consumers and then by reducing the incentive for American manufacturers to produce goods at a lower cost than imports HAMILTON’S LEGACY ·Despite the Federalists’ effort to associate themselves with the Constitution they actually favored a “consolidated” (Centralized) national government instead of a truly federal system with substantial powers left to the states ·Resentment ran high among those who felt that the government appeared to be rewarding special interests ·Southern reaction to Hamilton’s program was overwhelmingly negative ·The Band of the United States had few southern stockholders and it allocated very little capital for loans there THE WHISKY REBELLION ·Hamilton’s financial program not only sparked an angry political debate in Congress but also helped ignite a civil insurrection called the Whiskey Rebellion ·Hamilton had recommended an excise tax on domestically produced whiskey. He insisted that his proposal would distribute the expense of financing the national debt evenly across the United States ·The law furthermore specified that all trials concerning tax evasion be conducted in federal courts
In Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience”, he writes about why citizens should disobey government’s unjust laws. The American government was established to execute people’s wills, and this should not be forgotten. Citizens who totally rely on government believe that government symbolizes honesty, justice, rights and protection. In this way, citizens will comply with all the laws which the government formulates without thinking whether they are right or not. However, while the time is changing, government has been changing its morality principal.