Natural Rights, XII
In a March 26, 2008 letter response to me, Senator John Rockefeller said that ‘the Declaration of Independence is not considered law in the same sense that the Constitution is considered law.’ After studying Locke’s social contract theory and Leo Strauss’s book on ‘Natural Right an History’ I conclude that the Declaration of Independence cannot be removed from the body of U.S. laws because Locke’s social contract is a contractual agreement between two parties --- Society and Government.’ By not considering the Declaration of Independence as a law, Locke’s social contract cannot function properly for the USA. So, I do not agree with Senator Rockefeller’s response..
By not considering the Declaration of Independence as a law, Locke’s Society, which is defined in the first two paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence, cannot function. For instance, ‘one People’ (or Union) will not exist God and a Creator will not exist; the Laws of Nature (science) and Laws of Nature’s God (morality) will not exist; human individuality will be unknown; slavery (as defined by the statement all Men are created equal) will no longer exist;’ and all natural rights will not exist.
It seems that Strauss sees the removal of the Declaration of Independence in Ch. VI as ‘The Crisis of Modern Natural Right.’ I see that this crisis appeared after the assassination of Abe Lincoln. With Lincoln's murder, I believe that slavery began to reappear in the USA and developed an anti-social nation with a large poor economic class.