George Mason's Virginia Declaration Of Rights

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George Masons Virginia Declaration of Rights in 1776 established the fundamental principles of free government; our founding structure for a free country. However, Mason expressed his own stand points in the document like his view on liberty, limiting the government, and slavery. Therefore, Mason’s strong views and beliefs had a long lasting effect on today’s society and government. While writing the Virginia Declaration of Rights, George Mason made a point to include the guarantee of equal liberties for all men. In the opening sentence of the declaration, Mason states that “all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights” which they cannot surrender, “namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety”, this quote profoundly influenced and was incorporated in the Bill of Rights. This document instilled our founding principles and the right for a free country, America. We have continued to uphold and abide by this creed throughout history sighting in…show more content…
Each branch of government must agree and vote on implementation of bills or laws presented, preventing unnecessary regulations and unfunded mandates on state and local governments. Limiting government, we prevent intrusion into the economy or affecting personal liberties. For example in 2013, in Shelby County Alabama, they passed a law that prohibits changes with any “discriminatory purpose”, this caused Texas to challenge the Acts constitutionality. From the beginning, Mason expressed his viewpoint on reserving the right of the people and having limits on the government, which are used today and have been used since 1791, when his declaration was ratified as the Bill of

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