Oleanna And The Children's Hour Essay

1150 WordsMar 8, 20125 Pages
Everyone can agree that men are not perfect. They form governments to protect themselves from one another. These governments can take many forms, ranging from a monarchy to a pure democracy. If we make the assumption that all men are created “equal”, then a democracy is the logical alternative since a monarch could not be an equal. But, pure democracy, where everyone weighs in on every issue, becomes impractical as societies become larger, more complex, and replete with issues. Therefore, a representative republic is a logical alternative for a functional government, in a society that assumes that all men are created equal. Jonathan Boucher, an Anglican minister opposed to the American Revolution[i], stated that a government formed by the consent of the people rests on the belief that every man is born equal.[ii] This sentiment appears to upheld by Thomas Jefferson and the framers of the Declaration of Independence, which states: “We hold these truth 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.”[iii] The Declaration of Independence implies that all men are created with equal rights. It is apparent that the framers of the constitution understood that all men are not identical; there are those who are stronger and faster, separated by education and training, and in possession of different skill sets and abilities. Nonetheless, all men are granted equal rights. Boucher’s view of equality is more specific. If men are truly equal then, no man could be governed by another except with his own consent. No man could be forced to follow the rules and regulations of a government formed without his consent or prior to his consent (a government formed before he was born.). His consent to be governed can also be rescinded

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