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The ideas that form the basis of the American governmental traditionhave come from a number of different sources including Voltaire John LockeJohn Locke was from England He believed in the Natural Rights of LifeLiberty and Property for the people Lockes ideas of Natural Rights wasadapted into the US Political Structure through the Bill of Rights a formal list ofcitizens rights and freedoms It says in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion orprohibiting the free exercise thereof or the right of the people peaceable toassemble Which makes John Lockes ideas of Natural Rights true for the USA John Locke also has ideas of Social Contract how the government powercomes from the people This idea of the Social Contract is explained in theDeclaration of Independence The document written by Thomas Jefferson in1776 in which the delegates of the Continental Congress declared theColonies independence from Britain and it was adapted into the politicalstructure It says that It is there right it is there duty to throw off suchGovernment and to provide new Guards for their future security This supportsthe idea of John Lockes theory of Power comes from the people That if the lawis bad or disobeyed the people have the right to change it He also supportedthe idea of Right to Revolution where the government is changed if its notdoing the job This can also be found and supported in the Declaration ofIndependence In the Declaration it says that It is the right of the people toalter or to abolish it and to institute new Government laying its foundation onsuch principles and organizing its powers from the consent of the governed That states that it is clear that the idea of Right to Revolution is adapted into theUS political structure As you can see John Locke has contributed andinfluenced greatly to the US with his ideas on Natural Rights the SocialContract
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