The consent of the governed (or, who’s in charge and why)

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Where do governments get their power? The consent of the governed, according to Thomas Jefferson.

Jefferson used the Declaration of Independence to make the case to the world that the British government was tyrannical, listing the grievances which proved the British crown’s loss of American popular consent.

Consent is the foundation upon which representative government rests. Our elected officials have a responsibility to protect the dignity of the office they hold. Often politics becomes about the popularity and personality of the person, rather than the service to the people that the office requires.

Learn more from our new page here at Utah Citizen Network.

Also check out this Slate article on just how young America’s revolutionaries were when they made history in 1176. (Jefferson was 33.)

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  • Adison

    cool info on the the ages.