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Rights are not Gifts from Government

September 21, 2019


Did you know your rights don’t come from the constitution, or even the bill of rights? Today we’re talking about the source of your rights and how you defend them. People often refer to their rights by amendment number. Doing so is not only a constitutional error, it’s dangerous. Here are some examples you’ll often hear: “Creating a free speech zone is a violation of my ‘first amendment rights.” Or, “I will never let Bloomberg and his type take away my ‘second amendment rights.'” The phrases “first amendment rights” and “second amendment rights,” or any other amendment rights for that matter imply that you get your rights as a grant from government or a document. People who hear these phrases learn that you get these rights because they’re spelled out in the Bill of Rights. Some might even believe that they didn’t exist until they were written down on paper. But nothing could be further from the truth. Your rights are yours by the very nature of your birth. You have them whether a document or a government says so or not. And while governments at every level will always work to limit or destroy your rights, it’s up to you and others to defend them, Of course the big question, how do you do that? Thomas Jefferson had what I believe to be the most important advice on this. He said, “A free people claim their rights, as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.” In other words, “We the pPeople” need to learn how to exercise our rights whether the government wants us to, or not.

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