Locke wants people to stand up for the rights that they deserved. Jefferson wanted to create a government contract for the people, which would allow for them to become an independent nation. Locke’s declaration creates revolts and made the American people start thinking about what they wanted for themselves. His declaration caused damage to the great nation until Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence which united the people. The social contract in John Locke’s declaration is the State of Nature.
The writings of each man reveals a very chaotic time in America’s history and the leadership, determination, and boldness of Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson ensured that when change came, the people were ready for it. Patrick Henry was born in 1736 and believed that the people should be free from the rule of the English Parliament. For example in the Speech in the Virginia Convention he says, “I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission?” His words make it clear that the purpose of the martial law is to force people into submission. He then asks the audience, “Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it?” Both quotes are great examples of his skills in voice because he brings up the problem and then challenges them to find any other meaning behind the words. The implication is that the people are being ruled.
The only way to change our country is by working with each other, not against each other. With some Americans refusing to stay open minded to the beliefs of the opposite political party, our country will get nowhere. As one of our country’s Founding Fathers, Washington would not approve of this, and demand the next president change this. If George Washington was still alive today, he would be able to give the next president advice to transform our country. Someone with the unbiased mindset toward the two main political parties would be a much needed perspective for the next president.
In Thomas Paine’s pamphlet he uses a great emotional appeal to convince the colonists that fighting back is the right is the right thing to do. Patrick Henry’s speech has many instances where he uses rhetorical questions to point out the wrongs of the British king and prove that war is the only point. Common Sense and “ Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” no doubtedly helped shape the American
This line is not only a way of convincing the American people that if they stand with him they stand with justice, but to convince another major group that America was just in their fight for freedom; according to David Armitage of Harvard University this convinced British enemies to fight with America, a crucial and needed assistance for the brutal path ahead (Armitage). In Jefferson’s final words he calls for a complete break away from the Kingdom of Great Britain. His final line in which he states, “we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor”, carries some of the most powerful diction in the entire speech and really brings home the final point that they are not doing this
In this essay written by Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson announces the separation of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain because of their controlling manner over their freedoms and life itself. Throughout his statement, Jefferson begins to mention the start of the nation’s new start and how no man should have to be completely controlled by their government or treated differently when every man should secure all their given rights as a human being. Jefferson then went on to explain that when a government becomes destructive or harmful to it’s people, the people should then completely abolish the government or find a way to alter it to create a new fresh government that is for it’s people, not against.
Increasing Surveillance or Increasing Infringement In the novel, Little Brother, Marcus states, “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, 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” (Doctorow 220). Not every aspect of life can be monitored; when the government begins to abuse their power of surveillance, privacy becomes lost and democracy no longer prevails. People often debate the idea of increased surveillance because
According to Webster dictionary a democracy is “a government by the people”. This is the type government the United States has. The U.S government is built on maintaining and enforcing order and equality in a democratic format. With order and equality comes conflict and compromise among the people. John Locke once said “citizens have the right to rebel against a government that does not respect the rights of its citizens”.
In Patrick Henry’s “Speech in the Virginia Convention,” Henry uses persuasive techniques such as repetition and rhetorical questions to interrogate the motives of the British and to reason why the colonies should declare their independence despite the consequences. In Henry’s speech, he uses repetition to address that war is inevitable to show how they must fight in order to achieve their goals as a nation and to prove that the colonists will not be alone over the course of the battle. In Henry’s speech he includes, “The war is inevitable—and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come!” By this quote, Henry is saying that the colonists have already gone so far and worked so hard to give up now. Also, he is saying that if they give up, they
It encompassed Enlightenment principles such as equal opportunity, equal rights, and popular sovereignty, and along with that it called upon revolutionary ideals that guaranteed individual freedom, equality before the law, and representative government for a sovereign people. This document was written on August 26, 1789 and just four years later Robespierre and the Committee of Public Safety, the people who initiated the Reign of Terror to preserve the French Revolution ideals and transition France into a Republic, choose to not abide by this document (that put revolutionary ideals into practice) during the Reign of Terror. Articles 1, 4, 9, 10, and 11 are a few examples of Revolutionary ideals that were disregarded during the Reign of Terror. Article 1 states “Men are born and remain free and equal in rights,” but this is overlooked when people are being accused and then sentenced to death. Article 4 states “Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else...each man has no limits except those which assure to the other members of the society the enjoyment of the same rights.” No one was being hurt if someone spoke out against the Revolution ideals and the
At the beginning of U.S. history there were many debates on how the country should be run. People mainly argued about the balance of power between the individual person and the Federal Government. Some people and documents that addressed this issue are the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson, The U.S. Constitution: Preamble and Bill of Rights, and “Jefferson: The Best of Enemies” by Ron Chernow. In the anchor document Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson stresses that the rights of the people should take precedence over the power of the Federal Government. Jefferson states in the Declaration of Independence, “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.” By saying that people are, “Endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable