Excerpt from the Declaration of Independence

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“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.”

This is the fundamental concept upon which America was founded – that the purpose of government is to secure our rights.  See The Purpose of Government for more on this topic.


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