The ideas that form the basis of the American governmental tradition have come from a number of different sources including Voltaire, John Locke, and Montesquieu. John Locke, was from England. He believed in the Natural Rights of Life, Liberty and Property for the people. Locke's idea's of Natural Rights was adapted into the U.
S. Political Structure through the Bill of Rights (a formal list of citizens rights and freedoms). It says in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights, " Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise, thereof, or the right of the people peaceable to assemble." . Which makes John Locke's idea's of Natural Rights, true for the USA John Locke also has ideas of Social Contract, how the government power comes from the people. This idea of the Social Contract is explained in the Declaration of Independence (The document, written by Thomas Jefferson in 1776, in which the delegates of the Continental Congress declared the Colonies' independence from Britain), and it was adapted into the political structure.
It says that " It is there right, it is there duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security." This supports the idea of John Locke theory of Power comes from the people. That if the law is bad or disobeyed the people have the right to change it. He also supported the idea of Right to Revolution, where the government is changed if its not doing the job. This can also be found and supported in the Declaration of Independence. In the Declaration it says that " It is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its power from the consent of the governed." That states that it is clear that the idea of Right to Revolution is adapted into the U. S.
political structure. As you can see John Locke has contributed and influenced greatly to the U. S. with his ideas on Natural Rights, the Social Contract, and with the Right to Revolution. Voltaire has his own ideas that help with the U. S.
He is from France, and he believes and supports Religious Freedom. This is stated in the Bill of Rights... The rest of the paper is available free of charge to our registered users. The registration process just couldn't be easier. Log in or register now. It is all free!.