Document Comparison Essay

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Our Constitution is easily the most famous document that has been written within the history of the United States of America. Our founding fathers spent several days in a completely closed down hall debating the best way to form a government that would last while also appealing to the people. Our founding fathers used ideas from other political philosophers to achieve this.

One of the most debated ideas that is present within our constitution is the idea of liberty. The idea of liberty was presented by Jefferson with the phrase “We hold these truths 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.”(6). This idea was formed from Locke’s idea that by the law of nature man had the right to “preserve his property, that is, his life, liberty, and estate,against the injuries and attempts of other men”(2). Jefferson felt that Locke’s idea was important to the formation of a new country since they had come from a government where those ideas were not present in the government. The political philosopher Montesquieu felt that liberty was important since liberty has the power to prevent tyrannical governments as stated here “When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty; because apprehensions may arise, lest the same monarch or senate should enact tyrannical laws, to execute them in a tyrannical manner.”(4). The founding fathers were also trying to avoid the creation of a tyrannical government.

Equality, the different powers of the government, and ways to benefit the people were also debated. Our founding fathers were greatly influenced by the idea of equality. They were influenced by Hobbes with his idea that “the precedent law that commandeth the acknowledgement of natural equality, and therefore also against the law of nature.”(7). Although all men were supposively created “equal” there were some major gaps within our constitution that...

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