The “self-evident” truths in the Declaration of Independence grow out of “the Law of Nature and of Nature’s God…” The Natural Law referred to is recognized by the Constitution. This recognition was critical to balance the need for an organized society and every individual’s natural desire for freedom.
The United States was founded on a philosophy. That philosophy contained the truths that human beings are equal in their possession of natural rights, such as the rights to life, liberty and property. The Constitution is a set of rules to give life to the Declaration’s central philosophy.