The Founding Fathers of America were political leaders who took part in the American Revolution by signing the Declaration of Independence, and creating the United States Constitution. The most recognized founding fathers of America are: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington. The founding fathers upheld many values. One was, they must realize that liberty is built on fundamental principles. Another was, they must know that independence is not free. It must be both earned and protected.
As well as, they needed to grasp that liberty requires public morality. The values of the founding fathers aren’t upheld much in todays society. The founding fathers are most similar to Libertarians. They wanted to maximize freedom, while minimizing the power of government. Our government today has a lot of control, and that’s the opposite of what the founding fathers thought should happen. The Declaration of Independence gave rights men and women the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and stated that everyone is created equal.
The main authors were Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin. “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” (272). They wanted all men and women to be created equal, and not to be judged by their gender. Everyone would have the same rights as other citizens. We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states” (276). They wanted states to have their own independent governments and makes rights for themselves. They didn’t believe in all of the government power, like we use today.
These rights are still upheld in today’s society. They still ensure people’s right to liberty, life and pursuit of happiness. I think in today’s society, we need to minimize government control and have more freedom for the citizens. Most regular people in America are not criminals, but they are still being held from some of their regular daily activities because of the law and too much government control. Abraham Lincoln gave the famous speech of “The Gettysburg Address” during the Battle of Gettysburg in the Civil War. Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the preposition that all men are created equal” (606).
Basically, he admired the valor of the soldiers who fought and declared part of the Gettysburg battlefield as a cemetery to those who died fighting. I think one of the most important factors of the Gettysburg address is definitely when he brings up our forefathers and he is saying that those people who gave their lives fighting have not died in vain, that the Union will have a freedom and will not perish at the hands of anyone. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth” (606). Everyone that served in the Civil War should not be punished by death especially not in hopelessness.
After the war, the nation had improved freedom and government for the people. The ideals and values of this speech are used in America today. Lincoln’s speech remains to speak to the citizens, “that government of the people, for the people, by the people” (606), saying that the people choose their government. Patrick Henry was the one that preformed the speech, “Speech in the Virginia Convention”. It is important because it introduced patriotism and it persuaded colonists to enter war against Britain. They tell us, sir, that we are weak-unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be station in every house? ” (266). Patrick wanted to go into war with Britain. He was persuading the president of the Virginia Convention, Peyton Randolph, to send them into war to show them that we weren’t weak. “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death! ” (266).
He didn’t want people to think poorly of him in such way they would think he were weak or afraid. Barack Obama and I have the View on many things such as criminal justice, Health care, Education, and the Economy. Some things like, “Should felons be allowed to vote? ” Obama is pro on that situation so am I, “Should law enforcement be allowed to use racial profiling? ” which Obama is con to. Simple thing is I think Obama knows what he’d doing and he will improve in each subject I listed above especially the economy. Ant that is my view/Opinion/thought.