Thursday

Our rights are non-negotiable.



I have decided to take some time to cover the 28 principles outlined in W. Cleon Skousen’s book “The 5000 Year Leap”. The founders believed these principles to be necessary to establish and maintain the form of government that has made this country the greatest bastion of freedom in the world. In each post we will dissect one of the principles and apply it to problems faced by our country. I hope you will take the time to read “The 5000 Year Leap” and accompany me on this journey of exploration.

The eighth principle: Men are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights.

Such a wonderfully simple statement yet it encompasses the entire philosophy of a nation and of liberty itself. Mans rights come from God and only God can rescind them. No man or government can take away those rights that are endowed by our creator and deemed therefore unalienable.

William Blackstone summed it up nicely: Those rights, then, which God and nature have established, and are therefore called natural rights, such as are life and liberty, need not the aid of human laws to be more effectually invested in every man than they are; neither do they receive any additional strength when declared by the municipal laws to be inviolable. On the contrary, no human legislature has the power to abridge or destroy them, unless the owner shall himself commit some act that amounts to a forfeiture.

Nothing man can do makes these rights stronger and nothing man can do will abridge these rights. This concept is fundamental to a free society. When the populace understands that their rights do not proceed from the government, society or some piece of paper but from God, they are truly free.

If man did not give us these rights and they indeed are from God and inherent in nature then who but God can strip us of them? Therein resides the power of a free society, the simple realization that the law is permanent and unyielding to the will and whims of our rulers. Unchangeable to suit political expediency or to serve any master but God.

The founders did not believe our unalienable rights were limited to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness they understood several more rights to be unalienable to include:
The right of self-government.
The right to bear arms for self-defense.
The right to own, develop, and dispose of property.
The right to make personal choices.
The right of free conscience.
The right to choose a profession.
The right to choose a mate.
The right to beget ones kind.
The right to assemble.
The right to petition.
The right free speech.
The right to a free press.
The right to a fair trial.
The right of free association and numerous more.

How many of the above listed rights have the government infringed upon. How many more are they actively legislating to restrict. Remember these rights are not theirs to do with as they will; these rights were a diving gift to us from God. They have no right and no power to take from us what they almighty has given us.

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