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Our government started out with just three simple rules

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When stating in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal, I think we might agree that there was a limited sense of the term "all men". Fast forward 237 years, it has been established that we are not all created equal (even among those enshrined in the Declaration). Turns out that through DNA testing that northern Europeans have up to 5 percent Neanderthal DNA (a mother with Scottish heritage). Some modern races have none and yet others have Denisovan hominins. Am I less and more equal? Whatever, it's not to be denied that I'm myself. The Declaration proclaimed when a people might be justified to establish their own government.
It is the 1st Article of N.H.'s Constitution that states that a government originates from the people. The 2nd that we have "certain" natural rights, in the 3rd that in forming a society surrender of some but not without the society ensuring the individual an equivalent. It is the 4th article that is the most important in that it declares one natural right for which no equivalent can be give or received and that right is the right of conscience.
Today we might wonder how they managed to survive as a government and a nation without all the rules and regulations we survive with today.
Oddly enough science has also figured out how it is that fish, birds, grasshoppers, mammals and humans manage to group, or otherwise swarm. Turns out that it is done with perhaps three simple rules of behavior.
Our government started out with just as simple rules; first was that the people have an unalienable right of conscience, something which the established government can't give an equivalent; that the government is answerable to the people (not the people to the government). And the last article enshrined in 1784, (Social Virtues Inculcated) Article 38. A frequent recurrence to the fundamental principles of the Constitution (by those in government) and a constant adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, industry, frugality, and all the social virtues . . .
So we have it, a long and storied history towards a society with equality of law (at least on the books); a government which does not allow the serving of a turkey sandwich without the stamp of a federal agency's approval, and adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, industry, frugality long forgotten.
G.W. Brooks