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, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, 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 powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
I don’t know if schools still teach kids about the Declaration of Independence, and if they do it probably includes a bunch of negative stuff about slavery and women’s rights. The kids probably find it boring. I know I did when I was that age.
Prior to 1776 there were many other successful rebellions and revolutions, but basically all of them just replaced one set of rulers with another. It was kinda like Game of Thrones without the dragons and the magic.
The idea that people could rule themselves was . . . revolutionary.