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Keeping Our Rights From Becoming Wrongs

April 2nd, 2014 7 comments

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Every election cycle we hear hear politicians, especially those on the Left, inventing a new list of “rights” for each and every citizen. Following in the political tradition of FDR, they declare

the right to a good education…

the right to healthcare (Obamacare)…

the right to own a home…

the right to a good paying job…

and the list continues to grow with each passing year. In fact, what decent person could argue against the pursuit of each of these noble political aspirations?

But herein lays the problem. None of the aforementioned political goals is properly defined as a “right.” When our Founders drafted our Declaration of Independence, they had a clear understanding of the meaning and source of the rights of all men. In the words of our framers,

“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…”

In fact, Thomas Jefferson went on to say, “We do not claim these [inalienable rights] under the charters of kings or legislators, but under the King of Kings.”

If a “right” depends upon someone else’s money, service or work it’s not a right. It is properly a “good.” Take education for an example. People have the God-given right NOT to be prevented from pursuing a good education; however, they do not have the right to that education. Why? Because an education is dependent upon the labor or others to provide that training.

You have the God-given right to your own goods, however, you do not have the right to someone else’s goods. Claiming the “right” to the property of another is called stealing!

Let’s look at the current “right” to healthcare. While this remains a noble goal, you’ll eventually have to rob or enslave some citizens (e.g. the individual mandate) to secure this “right” for others. Rights are not entitlements.

When goods are required from someone else to secure your “rights” you can be sure that someone else’s inalienable rights are being violated. As author Neil Mammon rightly observes, “Goods that are granted as rights require you to enslave…some men fiscally or physically to ensure a continuous supply of the goods you have promised to other men.”

Consider the right to bear arms found in the 2nd Amendment. Do people have the God-given right to protect themselves and their loved ones? Absolutely. To secure this right we must be able to arm ourselves. However the right to bear arms is not the same as a free government provided gun for every American!

This right to bear arms must never be subjected to the approval of a government or allowed to be restricted in any way. Technically speaking, this right, and all God-given rights for that matter, can never be taken away from us, but governments continually work to keep us from the free exercise of those rights.

Politics is concerned with protecting the rights of its citizens…

Our inalienable rights come from God…

Therefore, politics must be concerned with knowing the One, True God.

Any suggestion of a total separation of Church and State, as opposed to the institutional separation conceived by our Founders, results in the loss of our sacred liberties. Politicians who either don’t know or altogether reject God are the greatest threats to our liberties.

Revisiting Our Inalienable Rights (2)

July 7th, 2011 No comments

While most Americans are aware of the inalienable rights to life and liberty, many are oblivious to the fact that our founders considered the right to own property as a God-given right.

Listen to the words of patriot Samuel Adams, the cousin of John, and the “Father of the American Revolution”:

The grand end of civil government, from the very nature of its institution, is for the support, protection, and defense of those very rights; the principal of which…are life, liberty, and property. (Samuel Adams, Life of Samuel Adams, 1:504.)

Here’s what his cousin, John, had to say about the importance of property rights as inalienable rights:

“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. Property must be sacred or liberty cannot exist.” (John Adams, The Works of John Adams, 6:9, p. 280.)

These are strong words! Adams argued that true liberty is impossible without secure property rights. When governments can come and take what rightfully belongs to its citizens, then eventually the people become mere pawns and slaves of the State. The government must protect the property of its people or anarchy and tyranny will be the result.

Revisiting Our Inalienable Rights

July 6th, 2011 3 comments

Our Founding Fathers understood the fact that rights come from God and are not arbitrarily doled out by the changing fancy of the State. Rights that come from God are inalienable; that is, they are inviolable, absolute, unassailable and inherent.

On the other hand, “rights” created by self-serving politicians during each election cycle are as secure and timeless as the latest public opinion poll. These so called “rights” are not the ones our Founding fathers had in mind when they drafted the Declaration of Independence.

Consider the words of Thomas Jeffferson:

“Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath?” (Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, ME 2:227. 1782.)

Here’s what John Adams, one of the signers of the Declaration and framer of the Bill of Rights, had to say about these God-given rights:

“You have Rights antecedent to all earthly governments; Rights that
cannot he repealed or restrained by human laws; Rights derived from the Great Legislator of the universe.”

Inalienable rights existed before governments were ever created. In fact, governments exist for the purpose of protecting our God-given inalienable rights. This is why God, the Great Legislator, must never be removed from government. He is the source of our most precious liberties. To reject God is to open the door to tyranny and oppression.

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