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Deriving Their Just Powers From Who?

Written by | October 27th, 2008

The below, profoundly wise, words, were written by our founding father, Thomas Jefferson, as part of 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. — 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 becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…”

Unalienable rights? hmmmm

The line that really strikes me is this one:

“deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”

I have felt for a long time that our rights stop, the day after Election Day.

It is a great thing that we the people are able to vote our officials into office, however this does make one wonder “if” the people should maintain a larger degree of power, even after the officials are in office.

I can see the final sentence, in the below paragraph…

“That 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”

becoming a reality “if” the government keeps misleading and deceiving the people of this country!

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