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According to the Declaration of Independence, what justifies the ending of the...

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sadset142 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted August 29, 2012 at 12:01 AM via web

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According to the Declaration of Independence, what justifies the ending of the relationship between the government and the people it governs?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 29, 2012 at 12:27 AM (Answer #1)

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In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson outlines the idea that governments should only exist by the consent of the governed and that their only purpose is to protect the rights that the people have been given by "their creator."  From this, we can infer what would justify ending the relationship between people and their government.  This action would be justified if the government no longer did what it was supposed to do.  That is, if the government stopped protecting the rights of the people, the people would have the right to overthrow it.  

So, the ending of this relationship is justified if the government "becomes destructive" of the goal of ensuring people's rights.

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