The United States of America was built on the concept that each individual has a set of inalienable rights that no one should be able to take away, because any violation or seizing of these human rights affects everyone. Although life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness are commonly considered the three main inalienable rights, a human rights violation also encompasses injustices.
The government cannot just make declarations and “boss around” people who don’t give them permission to do so. In the arrangement between Britain and the colonies, there was a definite breach of power. The King was so advantageous that the colonists learned to resent power and quickly learned that it can easily be detrimental to one’s inalienable rights.
There is an undeniable social contract between any ruler in any type of government and the people they rule. Without the permission and respect of the people, a government will not be able to effectively function. When establishing a government, Jefferson argued that any lack of consent for the government by the governed is a clear violation of human rights. When this occurs, it is up to the people to speak up and make a change.
A prime example: Even though the inhabitants of the colonies were not in England, they were still required to honor the Magna Carta, a document that established the idea that no individual is above the law. So, when the King of England required that the colonists pay taxes to cover the Seven Years War, they protested and invoked their rights as free men. After ten years of protest, they finally decided to separate from the motherland, even though it meant they had to resort to armed conflict.
They always say that the true story comes from those who have experienced, not just speculated. In order to fully understand anything, one must acquire information from a primary source, someone who has been at the heart of the situation. This concept is especially true for the founding of the United States.
Think about the Revolutionary War: A bunch of militias from the colonies fought an armed war with the highly trained and esteemed British army- and won. The British were not impacted by the situation the way the colonists were; they were not passionate about their freedom. The colonists, on the other hand, were at the heart of the issue, and understood what it was like to be governed by authorities who they did not consent to be governed by. Ultimately, this lead to the failing of a majorly important social contract and the colonist’s passion and deep understanding of the issue won them victory and freedom.