Issues and claims about TJ in The Declaration Of Independence

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Issue, Claim, and Reasoning of T. Jefferson

The main issue of The Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson is to declare the colonies' independence from the Crown of Britain. They believed this to be within their

Rights gifted upon them by their Creator. The Declaration of Independence discusses that we were under religious persecution and certain forms of "absolute tyranny" from Britain, so it was necessary to break the bonds that connected them to the monarchy. The argument represents a policy claim because Jefferson lets the reader know the code of law by stating things, for example, a government is created by the society and its people, but when the government fails to maintain its righteousness and integrity, it becomes corrupt. If the people create the government, they have then the right to protest and alter it.

Jefferson advocates the action stated in his policy claim because he sees the British law and government as an all round tyranny based on corrupt decisions and actions.

Jefferson explains and states the reasons why the Crown of Britain was indeed a corrupt regime. It can basically be summarized in one of his sayings where "A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free People". Jefferson is concluding his reasons with strong words, and lets the reader sense what his feelings towards them.