Our Rights Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Painting by John Trumbull, 1819

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men were 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, that whenever any of these Ends, it is the right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shown, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, its is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

The Declaration of Independence
Action of Second Continental Congress,
July 4, 1717

These rights were enabled through blood, sweat, and revolution. These rights are yours today and tomorrow. Stand up for them. Vote.

Read more about the Declaration of Independence here.


  1. The Declaration of Independence
  2. The Constitution of the United States
  3. Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
  4. The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay

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