28 January 2013
Question 1: Declaration of Independence
Question: The Declaration of Independence was a statement of ideals and principles for the revolution and the new republic while a constitution is an outline for government. List those ideals and explain their significance. Which ones, do you believe, are most important today? Why? There were eight ideals of the Declaration of Independence: 1. The laws of nature and nature’s god, which was the explicit appeal to natural law over the King’s positive law, 2. All men are created Equal which was human rights/equal rights for all citizens, 3. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, which gives you all or no rights to hold on too. 4. Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness which free from the government taking any free people’s life liberty, and pursuit of happiness 5. That to secure these rights which, kills the divine right to being the king, as if god put them on the thrown. 6.Consent of the governed, which means popular sovereignty is the core of our government. 7. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, which is Limited Government 8. Social Contract Theory, which is people of the nation maintain a social order. To me the most important is Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness because the government exist to protect our rights and right now gun control is a huge factor because they want to limit our gun control capabilities.
Question: What were the perceptions of government that the Founders had in the early republic? What and why did they create a weak, confederal arrangement? Contrast and explain three important differences between the Articles of Confederation and the current US Constitution. Why do you believe the change occurred? Who were the Anti-Federalists? Who were the Federalists? Pick one contribution for each group that contributed to the development of the modern American political system.
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