Locke v. Jefferson

Similarities

Section 4 vs. the 6th sentence

"A state also of equality, wherein all the power and jurisdiction is reciprocal, no one having more than another; there being nothing more evident, than that creatures of the same species and rank, promiscuously born to all the same advantages of nature, and the use of the same faculties. . ." (Section 4)

Similarities Declaration of Independence;

"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal" (6th sentence)

The statements evoke the idea of freedom and equality of man to be imperative, and that government must acknowledge that.


Section 215 vs. sentence 36

Section 215:

"Thirdly, When, by the arbitrary power of the prince, the electors, or ways of election, are altered, without the consent, and contrary to the common interest of the people," (Sec. 216)

"He has refused for a long Time, after such Dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the Dangers of Invasion from without, and Convulsions within" (sentence 36)

Both of the documents emphasize the importance on the voice of the people regarding the authority. They both stress the importance of having a leader who stands for the society as a whole.


Summery

The two that we feel are most important to our government today are section 4 ("A state also of equality, wherein all the power and jurisdiction is reciprocal, no one having more than another; there being nothing more evident, than that creatures of the same species and rank, promiscuously born to all the same advantages of nature, and the use of the same faculties. . .") and the sixth sentence in the constitution ("We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal") because our country prides itself on being free and having freedom be one of our top priorities. People will come from other countries to our country just to be able to have the freedoms that we have. We started off because we wanted to be free from the King, and to this day the argument of “freedom” is still a major factor in arguments like same sex marriage and abortion. Without our freedom we would not be the great country that we are today.