American Government. C H A P T E R 2- Supplemental Origins of American Government. Social Contract. The US Government was founded on the Social Contract theory. We all have “natural rights”. The state arose out of the voluntary act of free people.
C H A P T E R 2- Supplemental
Origins of American Government
The US Government was founded on the Social Contract theory.
Thomas Jefferson - Author
Key Points of the Declaration of Independence
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed(given) by their Creator with certain unalienable(basic) Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit(search) of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted(set up) among Men, deriving(receiving) their just powers from the consent(agreement) of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter(change) or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation(base) on such principles(beliefs) and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”