We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
we as a people institute government to secure the rights of the people, not the feelings of the people.
if i am not committing a crime, or a violation of health and saftey, ...by what authority of a Constitution, ...[where government derives its power] have to force me to do something against my will. and violate my rights.
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.