"Great ideas do not burst upon
the world unannounced. They are reached by a gradual development over
a length of time usually proportionate to their importance. This is
especially true of the principles laid down in the Declaration of Independence.
Three very definite propositions were set out in its preamble regarding
the nature of mankind and therefore of government. These were the doctrine
that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain inalienable
rights, and that therefore the source of the just powers of government
must be derived from the consent of the governed."
Compiled by Thomas George