See if YOU can identify which Rights were being violated in the specific grievances outlined in the Declaration of Independence?! Do those grievance still apply today?? What is YOUR list of grievances?
Thomas Jefferson, once kindly criticized for relying on principles already so well known in John Locke’s ‘Second Treatise on Government’, replied that he was not trying to
“…find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent…[The Declaration] was intended to be an expression of the American mind…All its authority rests then on the harmonizing sentiments of the day, whether expressed in conversation, in letters, printed essays, or in the elementary books of public right…”
So, the question is: ARE THE PRINCIPLES OUTLINED IN THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE STILL AN EXPRESSION OF THE AMERICAN MIND?