Governmental Foundation in the Declaration of Independence

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On July 4, 1776, the United States of America's Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This document, primarily written by Thomas Jefferson, announced that the thirteen colonies were declaring their independence and, in doing so, were independent states apart from the British Empire. The Declaration of Independence is comprised mainly of colonial grievances and assertions of human rights. The Declaration of Independence formed a profound foundation for the forefathers who wrote the United States of America Constitution and Bill of Rights and, therefore, the United States of America government.

As the first clause of the United States of America's Declaration of Independence reads, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” so the United States of America Constitution proclaims its purpose: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” The forefathers of the United States of America wrote the Constitution and Bill of Rights reflecting the original beliefs on why separation from British rule was imperative, as well as, destiny for the colonies. It is through the promoted ideas written in the Declaration of Independence that many constitutional principles stem and protected rights are given.

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...g that the rights and freedoms are for the living as well as for future generations.

The United States of America's Declaration of Independence is the origin of the United States of America's Constitution and the United States of America Bill of Rights. It is the beginning of the United States of America in many, if not all, forms. Because of the Declaration of Independence, the United States of America was able to form a strong and lasting form of government from its start. Beginning in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was accepted, America was free of the foreign power of Great Britain, however, in 1787 when the United States of America Constitution was ratified America began abiding by the form of government Americans had long awaited. Because of the Declaration of Independence, America had, has and will always have a strong governmental foundation.

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