When Thomas Jefferson wrote the words “life, liberty, and the pursuit to live of happiness”, he ment everyone has the right to live their lives freely. Of course, they are allowed to live freely under certain in alienable rights, in other words, everyone is equal and is not below or above the law, as long as no harm comes to others. I believe Jefferson was right to think these words are indeed in alienable rights. I too believe that people have the right to live free and happy .As Jefferson defines the inalienable rights of a citizen as “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, he defines its meaning best in the “Declaration of Independence”.
In the “Declaration of Independence”, he helps to describe that every citizen has inalienable rights by emphasizing equality. In the document, Jefferson writes, “ We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain in alienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Jefferson expressed his faith in mankind and his views on the nature of democracy. Thus meaning everyone has the equal right to choose what they wish to with their lives. Jefferson believe in this notion very much and so do I. along with the inalienable rights, Jefferson thought that these rights were not made by some law from the government or tyrant, but is our own internal and unique rights as human beings. But even with these rights, some form of government should be established to help protect and balance these rights.
Thomas Jefferson also new that we had to protect our inalienable rights. I firmly agree with him Jefferson; we should be able to find our own way to secure our life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In the “Declaration of independence”, Jefferson writes “that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government...
...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,” states the great Declaration of Independence. It also says, “That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men.” We are all created equal, but a higher power such like the government is there to make sure that ourrights are secured. Mankind is created equal, but we are all different. The need of the government is for them to secure our wonderful rights from individuals that would misuse them, to control and keep us safe.
Now, just imagine a world without the government. And all the free will God has given us. I imagine chaos everywhere because if there is good, there is bad. The individuals that are good will be adults and be mature. The individuals that are bad and still have to be told right from wrong and what not to do. They will be reckless. Then, there will be that one individual that will not be happy until he/she has all the power. One person having so much power with bad intentions can lead to so many problems. On the contrary, we have the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness; liberty is the freedom from control and the pursuit of happiness is doing what it takes to be happy. Now, does that not mean that the bad individual is just practicing...
Today, freedom is observed, interpreted, and practiced in many different ways. The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence gives everybody their natural rights as a citizen of the United States. Although these laws are written on paper and certified, people extend their version of freedom and worldview in their own way. Frederick Douglass speaks about his freedom as a slave and his point of view on slavery. Dante speaks about the tale of Ulysses and his flourishing. Lastly, Martin Luther speaks his mind about the future of a man depending on his faith.
During the 4th of July anniversary, Frederick Douglass was asked to give an oration and he speaks about the concept of this so-called “freedom” that America is known to have provide. During his speech, he starts with the meaning of the 4th of July for a black man. He says, “…the distance between this platform and the slave plantation, from which I escaped, is considerable…” (189). During the days when he was a slave, he would not be respected in any way. In his speech, he mentions that our forefather’s were brilliant men who created this land to be the way it is, including the Declaration of Independence. He continues on by telling the people that they don’t have the right to “wear out and waste the hard-earned fame” built by their forefathers (193). Frederick Douglass argues that if America is a land of “freedom”, why...
...Is Health Care an InalienableRight?
What is an inalienableright? According to Dictionary.com, it is a right that cannot be taken away, denied or transferred. As documented in The Declaration of Independence, these rights include: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In addition to these rights there are those in the Bill of Rights, which we are familiar with. So, knowing these rights and knowing that they operate on the same general principle of being given at the point of birth, does health care have a place among them? Although wording can be interpreted so it is included under a person’s right to life, health care is not an inalienableright.
It could be said that health care is not an inalienableright because it is not mentioned in the Constitution. The Preamble does mention that one of the United States’ purposes is to promote the general welfare. It does not say to provide it. The legal section of The Free Dictionary states that the General Welfare Clause allows Congress to spend money for the general welfare but not the power to pass laws for the general welfare. The government does not have to establish goods and services for the people.
Health care is not a right because it is a service. It is a material good that must be paid for....
Our founding fathers stated in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienablerights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”.
Today, those “inalienablerights” declared in our country’s foundational documents have been tarnished.
The issue of abortion has caused an erosion of our fundamental rights.
The foundational rights designed to be protected by the government.
Inalienable/Natural Rights, our “sacred” rights (Declaration of Independence).
“Life”: a right that every one is endowed” with.
The definition of personhood: when does life begin?
Where does the medical field define the beginning of life from?
What does the Bible say about the unborn child?
Legal/Civil Rights found in the amendments to the constitution.
First Amendment- freedom of religion. Pro-life advocators with religious convictions are forced to fund abortion against their beliefs.
Religious institutions are being forced to provide birth control and abortion for their employees.
Taxpayers are funding abortion in a “round about” way.
Roe V. Wade (the “birth” of the...
...HRV1601: Human Rights, Values and Social Transformation
Semester 01/ Assignment 01
The Historical Background and Development of Human Rights
Table of Contents
2) The Development of Human Rights
3) Historical Documents of Human Rights
3.1) The English Bill of Rights (1689)
3.2) The American War of Independence (1775-1783)
4) Developing and Maintaining a Human Rights Culture in South Africa
5) The South African Constitution
6) The South African Bill of Rights
A right is an inherent, irrevocable entitlement held by all human beings from the moment of birth. According to Ndungane (as stated in Slater 2010:19), “A human right is a right that a human person has simply by virtue of being a human person, irrespective of his or her social status, cultural accomplishments, moral merits, religious beliefs, class membership or cultural relationships”. Basic human rights are not earned or deserved, and should not be considered a privilege, but an imperative implement for the well-being and peacefulness of mankind. This essay explores the historical background and development of human rights and its incorporation into the South African...
...Let's imagine that in this world with no government, I'm typing this article for you on my MacBook right now. And let's imagine that there's a very large man--we'll call him Biff--who doesn't especially like my writing, so he walks in, throws the MacBook on the floor, stomps it into little pieces, and leaves. And before leaving, Biff tells me that if I write anything else he doesn't like, he'll do to me what he did to my MacBook.
Well, in doing that he just established something very much like his own government. It is now, as a matter of practice, against Biff's law for me to write things that Biff doesn't like. The penalty is severe, enforcement fairly certain (at least within this jurisdiction). And who's going to stop him? Certainly not me; I'm smaller and less violent than he is.
But Biff isn't really the biggest problem in this no-government world anyway. The real problem is a really greedy, heavily armed guy--we'll call him Frank--who has learned that if he steals money and then hires enough muscle with his ill-gotten gains, he can demand goods and services from every business in town, take anything he wants, and make almost anybody do whatever he says. And since there's no authority higher than Frank that can make him stop what he's doing, this jerk just literally created his own government--what political theorists refer to as a despotism, a government ruled by a despot (which is essentially just another word for a tyrant).
In Section 2 of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote, "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." Jefferson believed what John Locke wrote, that people have "natural rights"; rights
that belong to them simply because they are human, not because kings or governments granted them these rights.
Philosophers, such as the Baron de Montesquien, agreed with Locke and argued that natural rights were not alienable; they
could not be taken away. Jefferson was familiar with this writing and he used the expression, "unalienable rights." These
rights cannot be surrendered, sold, or transferred to someone else. The words "endowed by their creator" were used
instead of "God" to avoid religious disputes. The intent was to express the truth that every person is a creation of God and
has certain rights that should never be taken away, Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
The term, "pursuit of happiness" is simply one's God given right to commit actions that allow a person to pursue
happiness, as long as that pursuit does not deliberately involve, interfere, directly or indirectly,...
...movements and many campaigns that involve rights of those concerned. Human rights, animal rights, women’s rights, child rights, minority rights, prisoner’s rights, right to freedom, right to education, right to potable water, right to fight, right to eat, right to sleep, rights of the aged,rights of the marginalised, rights of refugees and war victims, rights of these and rights of those, rights of the left and rights of the right, etc,etc. The list is endless.
It is not my intention to mock those who are suffering and those whose rights have beendeprived but I at times wonderwhy the activists and concerned souls who are serving the deprived don’t want to delve into their own duties and the duties & responsibilities of those whoserights they seem to support, uphold and protect.
For after all, rights and duties are the two sides of the same coin, just as remembering and forgetting are
The problem has assumed such epic proportions in the West that parents are even scared to punish their own children for fear of invoking the wrath of the child rights activists who seem to forget that in the long run a certain amount of discipline is good...