The Declaration Of Independence And The American Revolutionary War

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America’s forefathers instituted key documents that built the foundation for this nation. The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Amendments all shape the rules, virtues, and rights that American’s are supposed to follow and believe in; however, within these texts exist ambiguous statements that create confusion within American Ideals. The Declaration of Independence was the catalyst to American formation. This text declared the thirteen colonies completely independent from Great Britain, and thus started the American Revolutionary war. Within this text there are many key points and phrases that are morally good; however, this text is idealized and many components of it were not followed through with. The Declaration broadly begins stating the significance of the document, and establishes why the thirteen colonies are becoming a separate nation. The second passage notably begins with describing that general rights citizens have: 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: that to secure these right, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, & to institute new government” (US 1776). In summary, every person in the world is equal to one another, deserves the same respect from everyone, and if a government is not respecting their citizens then the citizens have the right to make changes. These statements are ideally moral, and universally supported by most; however, thes... ... middle of paper ... ...ion of Independence is a well-respected, prestigious document for the United States of America, but within it there exist many hypocritical, ambiguous testimonies. Just by exploring two phrases within the first sentence of the second paragraph, unclear statements and promises are uncovered in this document. The Forefathers decided to create a nation where every man can exist equal, yet humanity is not equal, let alone the United States. Overall Jefferson left us with a set of undefined rights which our nation debates over daily. This claim of equality under life liberty and the pursuit of happiness will never be carried out entirely through our nation, because the claim exists unaccompanied by a definition. There should be a larger clarity within these influential words, and citizens of the United States should not just accept this document because of its reputation.
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