AP Language and Composition
December 4, 2012
Government and American Citizens; A Working Mechanism
As stated by 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 unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” Freedom is the nature of our government. The government is bound to protect our unalienable rights, amongst which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Life and liberty represent what we now refer to as civil and political rights, the pursuit of happiness must, surely, represent the totality of rights now known as social, economic and cultural rights. Our society has been improved through the heroes of our history including, Martin Luther King Jr., Susan B. Anthony, and Henry David Thoreau. These heroes used their rights as citizen of United States America, which also includes civil disobedience, to the best of their ability in order to fight the unjust acts of the government. The unjust act of the restriction on women citizens to vote had fueled Susan B. Anthony to act upon the situation with the use of her unalienable Rights of the Declaration of Independence – life, liberty, and he pursuit of happiness. “It shall be my work this evening to prove to you that in thus voting, I not only committed no crime but, instead, simply exercised my citizen’s rights, guaranteed to me and all United States citizens by the National Constitution, beyond the power of any state to deny.”(Anthony, 1) Susan B. Anthony, a women’s right activist, exercised her rights through the...