What the Declaration of Independence can teach Congress

What the Declaration of Independence can teach Congress

As the nation’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence produced a number of immortal phrases: “When in the course of human events;” “all men are created equal;” “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

But one phrase that tends to be overlooked in popular celebrations is the most important: “To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men.”

Each year, July 4th offers Americans an opportunity not only to celebrate but to reflect upon the nation’s founding — particularly the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress.

What’s amazing about primary author Thomas Jefferson’s writing in the document is that it not only lists the grievances that colonists had with England, but it concisely defines the core purpose of government.

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