Our founders created the purpose of America and its duly formed government outlined in one of the most renowned documents in human history. The Declaration of Independence was more than just a declaration of separation from England but it was a declaration of a new direction of human evolution. The evolution that was to be unleashed was fueled by the recognition that the purist state of an individual is liberty and the purist form of his government is tyranny. Thomas Jefferson with the help of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston crafted the Declaration of independence as Americaâ€™s purpose that set out to define the self-evident truths of all men.
1. Individually we have all been created equal. This does not mean that we are guaranteed equal outcomes or equal stuff. It does not mean that the government can try and make us equal by redistributing wealth among us. That goes against the distinct purpose of America.
2. Our rights come from God. This means that our rights are not mutable. Our rights cannot be taken away, arranged, or transferred by anyone else other than by God.
3. Our rights include and are not limited to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Jefferson utilized this phrase as it was grafted from English philosopher John Lockeâ€™s position of society existing as a protection of property and the government was to protect property rights. Jefferson took this philosophy and defined succinctly that our purpose as Americans and the government that serves them that protecting property, the right to pursue property, and the right to keep it is at the core of civil society. Note that the mentioning of property does not simply represent tangible items. It also means intangibles like our health or our own spirituality.
4. The sole purpose of our government is to serve the sovereign people from which itâ€™s power is derived and it operates within the consent of those that it serves.
5. When in the event that this government crosses the threshold from the protector of rights into the usurper of rights, the people have the right to abolish it.