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How is the Declaration of Independence relevant today? - March 4th 2016, 03:52 PM

In my American Government class, I have to answer the following question.
How is the Declaration of Independence relevant today--
either in your own life or in the world at large? Include five observations.

This got me thinking, Is the document still relevant today? I've seen many people say yes, but also some people say no, that it has lost it's impact among our country in today's society.

What do you guys think?
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Re: How is the Declaration of Independence relevant today? - March 4th 2016, 10:37 PM

Its dat 4th of July thing? They made a film called "independence day", and now they made another one called "independence day 2" (I think)...

... so that's one thing.

I'm so edumacated.

More seriously, I don't know. Interesting question. I've not been taught much about American history besides UK's involvement, what I've occasionaly read here and there. Pretty sure though that without the declaration of independence, there would be no America, or at least not the way it exists. Native Indians probably would be more numerous today... and on the world stage, a different superpower probably would have rose. I doubt it'd have been Russia though.

This is something I ought to know more about really.

"I don't care about politics"
Then politics doesn't care about you either. Truth. You've got to make your voice heard, if you want to be listened to. But that's too logical for some people, so let me go a step further. Not making your voice heard, leaves other people free to hijack it by speaking on your behalf, even if they don't actually give a shit about you. That's politics. So, make your voice heard. That's not a quote from anywhere. That's just me.

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Re: How is the Declaration of Independence relevant today? - March 7th 2016, 09:03 PM

I can try to point you to some things to consider

1. what has been done in the name of defending this document (or the values it expresses)? --> think wars, movements, conventions, establishments, policies, programs, etc
2. who was included or excluded from this document? has this changed over time? Is any group currently trying to achieve these values that were expressed in this document? is anyone who was historically excluded, currently trying to achieve the values of this document? think minority or vulnerable groups of all types (race, gender, sexuality, religion, age, children and elderly, poor etc)
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