What is the first main idea for the Declaration of Independence?

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There are several main ideas in the Declaration of Independence. The first main idea is that all people have certain rights. These rights include the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These rights are called the unalienable rights. They can’t be given up or taken away. All people are born with these rights.

In this section of the Declaration of Independence, the writers stated that the government has a role when it comes to our rights. The role of the government is to protect these rights. The people can’t sit idly by and do nothing when the government stops protecting these rights. The people must replace their government when the government takes away or doesn’t protect the rights of the people. The people have no choice but to take this action. This is the first main idea of the Declaration of Independence.

Other main ideas are that people must tell the world why they want to become free from a country. They also must state the specific issues that led to the declaring of independence.