John Locke Research Paper

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“We’re all in this together, we all have to change. There’s no them and us in America. Just us.” Bill Clinton declared in 1992; amazingly 200 years previously, on June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia introduced a resolution in the Continental Congress asserting practically the same thing as Clinton. “That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.” The colonies declared to the world, ‘hey, watch out!’ We (the colonists), are seceding from Great Britain, we reject the sovereignty of the crown. But this was just …show more content…

An alien is someone other than you or I, and “in”, or “un” means not. So inalienable/unalienable means non-transferable to others, or that our rights cannot be taken away. That my rights are my own, not yours, and vice versa. According to John Adams, “you have rights antecedent to all earthly governments rights that can not be repealed…by human law.” We the people have natural rights, such as “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. To be alien is to be a foreigner to yourself, or in this case to your own rights. Which cannot be made possible by any law. On the opposite spectrum, the government’s duty is to protect our rights, but if we don’t deserve those rights due to things we have done, does the government still have an obligation to uphold the protection of our …show more content…

As an example of rights being taken away, imagine yourself a student in high school with A’s in every class. Later in the year, the school board says it’s been decided that anyone with an A grade will be lowered to no less than a B-, and those points cut will be given to students with a lower grade. This way all grades are made the same. How would that make you feel? Personally I would argue that decision to my grave. I worked hard for that grade, and now the government is going to cut me down to a B- just to make all the grades the same so the kid who won’t work for something gets my points, which I worked hard for? Just by thinking about that I feel the sting of what I have worked for. Something I often wonder is how do today’s youth learn to work for themselves when their life is spoon fed to them? Ben Franklin emphasized “nothing is more important for public welfare than to form and train our youth in wisdom and

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