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Which statement best describes the meaning of the excerpt below? 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.



The excerpt expresses the belief that people inherently possess fundamental rights that cannot be taken away by any government. It also asserts that if a government becomes destructive of these rights, the people have the right to alter or abolish it and form a new government. This idea was a major factor in the American Revolution and the eventual creation of the United States.