Monday, April 23, 2007

Whose Rights? From Whom?

Have you read the Bill of Rights? Have you ever wondered to whom those Rights belong? Did you think those Rights were granted by the Constitution? Do you believe those Rights belong only to the citizens of the United States?

First, go read the Bill of Rights. Next go read the Declaration of Independence.

Now, listen.

First, the Declaration of Independence explains that all humans are "endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, among which are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness..." So, Rights come from the Creator and Rights belong to all human beings.

The Constitution does not grant any Rights. The Rights enumerated therein are merely some of those Rights mentioned in the Declaration of Independence. The Rights in the Bill of Rights comefrom the Creator and belong to you and to me and to every other human on Earth. These Rights cannot be taken away nor can they be given up. These Rights are inalienable. Even if the Bill of Rights had never been added to the Constitution, every human has the Rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights, and more, as the Ninth Amendment states. If the Constitution were amended to remove any of the Bill of Rights, the Right will not go away because it was never granted in the first place. The Rights enumerated in the Constitution preexist the Constitution and in no way depend on the Constitution for their existence. The Creator granted those Rights to all His creation.

So then you know that the Rights listed in our Constitution are not just ours but belong to every human on Earth. Each and every human possesses the Rights so eloquently expressed in our Constitution whether or not their Constitution or the founding documents of their country expressly say so. Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness, the Right to keep and bear Arms (absolutely necessary to secure all the other Rights), freedom of speech, freedom of religion, etc are the venue of the Creator, granted to each of us by virtue of birth. No one but the Creator holds the authority to take away these Rights.

Go back, reread the Bill of Rights. Find any where in the Bill of Rights the word "grant" in any way shape of form. Store in your mind and heart, the knowledge that those Rights are yours simply by virtue of your birth, whether you be a citizen of the United States or any other human on the planet. The battle to keep your Rights is hard. The battle often results in the death of many. But in the end, it is the only battle worth fighting.