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Compare And Contrast Jefferson's Writing Of The Declaration Of Independence

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In his writing Locke states that the legislature does not always have to operate. He explains that the legislature is not required to operate all the time because new laws are not required frequently, in fact too many laws can reduce the freedom enjoyed by the citizens. However, Locke states that “there should be a power always in being which should see to the execution of the laws that are made” (WJMI). This is the responsibility of the executive power which should be in charge all the time to make sure that the laws are enforced. Therefore the executive and legislative powers should be separated because one power should always be working to make sure that people follow the rules created by the other power. Locke believes that the people…show more content…
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. However, in this case Jefferson explained that the rule of the British had a “history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States” (Constitution). In Locke’s writing he also explained that tyrants only care about their own needs and do not provide for the society. Therefore, Jefferson and the Americans had the right to overthrow the government because the government did not provide for the governed. Jefferson wrote a list of charges against the British rule to influence Americans into revolting. One of charges that Jefferson makes is that the King “has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good” (Constitution). This is important because Locke stated in his article explained