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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Question on/about Rights and Liberty

By Tom Rhodes, 8/31/2013

Question: What Rights does the Constitution of the United States Grant to you?

It’s a trick question, the Constitution doesn’t grant you any rights, it limits the government from infringing upon our God-given rights. We are all endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. The meaning is clear, our forefathers recognized the fact that our rights are natural pre-existing our government. Our government was created to secure our natural rights not grant them.

The key component of a right is that any of your rights are not dependent upon the action of another, nor does a right obligate any other person to take action. The right for you to pursue happiness does not obligate any other person to make you happy. So if having good shelter, food, and clothing make you happy, you have the right to pursue those things. Nobody else is obligated to supply you with them.

Look at the Bill of rights and it’s clear, the Constitution is not the granter of the right to free speech, religion, assembly and so forth. The first Amendment starts with the words “Congress shall make no law.” That statement makes it crystal clear that government has no rightful authority over those things and is blocked from infringing upon them.

Some are trying to claim that by virtue of being a living person you have the right to foot, shelter, water, healthcare, education, etc. saying that others have a obligation to provide you with such services; saying that social justice demands positive rights. As noted economist Walter Williams asks, “What's just has been debated for centuries, but let me offer you my definition of social justice: I keep what I earn and you keep what you earn. Do you disagree? Well, then, tell me how much of what I earn belongs to you - and why?”

Today our feminized society demands that everybody trade their liberty and natural rights for security. The problem is that a large significant part of the population is clear, agree with, and believe the immortal words of Patrick Henry, “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Rather than ask “What Rights does the Constitution of the United States Grant to you?” the question is; How long and to what extent will we suffer the evil governments usurpation of our natural, than to right ourselves by abolishing the forms to which we are accustomed?

Will Obama’s declaration of war on Syria without congressional approval be the straw that demonstrates the USA is no longer the president of a Republic, but a despot? Do the recent and current actions of our government now constitute a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evincing a design to reduce our Republic to absolute Despotism? If so not only is it our right, but our duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for our future security.

Ask yourself; has the Course of human events, made it necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them?

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