“Can the liberties of a nation be sure when we remove their only
firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people, that these liberties
are a gift from God?” –Thomas Jefferson
My Rights Are My Property!
By Vicki Robison
Where did our rights come from?
Can the government take them away?
The Declaration of Independence states: “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.”
Although the word “unalienable” is used in The Declaration of Independence, many of us have been taught to substitute the word with INalienable…and although the two words mean the same thing to many people and are even defined identically in many dictionaries and law dictionaries, they do not mean the same thing to everybody.
Black’s Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, defines “unalienable” as: “incapable of being alienated, that is, sold and transferred.”
A definition of “inalienable” is as follows: “Rights which are not capable of being surrendered or transferred without the consent of one possessing such rights.” (Morrison v. State, Mo. App., 252 S.W.2d 97, 101)
“…this sin of deprival [of unalienable rights] is the sole and the one sufficient
cause of the downfall of all nations.” –Gov. J. R. Rogers, Washington, 1897
The founding fathers believed that all rights derive from property, or ownership, and one’s first-owned and most valuable property is one’s very life and the God-given rights that come with it. Some of these rights are enumerated in the Bill of Rights, but as stated: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” In other words, the Bill of Rights does not give us our rights–and our rights are not limited to those listed in the Bill. Our rights are given to us by God and consist of rights that make it possible for man to pursue and honestly acquire that which makes him physically and psychologically healthy–as long as he does not violate the rights of another in the process. The right to travel freely, for instance, is written in the Magna Charta, but not in the U.S. Constitution. It’s generally accepted that this is a need and a natural right of man, but it need not be written to be a right. Our unalienable rights are not Constitutional, they are God-given, or natural.
“To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice,
and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not.” –Thomas Paine
It’s a generally accepted principle that the Creator is mightier and more superior than the created. If I were to carve a figurine, for instance, in the image of myself, it would be logical to assume that I am superior to the figurine because I created it. If I were to somehow animate the figurine, giving it life, I could not bestow upon it more rights and more powers than I, myself, possess. Likewise, rights are given to us (the created) by the Creator, and we, the created, owe our allegiance and our very lives to the Creator–not the other way around. Therefore, only God, as our Creator, has the right and ability to bestow or take rights from us. No man or government has the right or ability to take away what was given by God. Our rights can definitely be violated, but they cannot be taken from us any more than our thoughts, dreams and memories can be taken. Our rights are ours and are a part of our humanity–but it is our responsibility to claim the rights that many men fought and died for in the American Revolution.
What would the founding fathers say to us now? There’s no need to wonder…..
“Posterity: you will never know how much it cost the present generation
to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not,
I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it.”
The problem lies in lack of education and the teaching of false principles. For instance, as stated in the Declaration of Independence: “governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” In other words, God created people, and “We, the People” created the government. God gives man his rights, but because non-living entities (such as government) do not have rights, and because only God has the power to give rights, we give privileges or powers to the government. The Federal government would like us to think that it existed first–before state governments, before the colonies, before American People–which is as absurd of an idea as to speculate that man came before God.
“In free governments, the rulers are the servants and the people,
their superiors and sovereigns.” –Benjamin Franklin
Although there is a small “sovereign citizen” movement among the American People, the media has portrayed this movement to consist of nothing but crackpots who are potential threats to the American way of life. Such people are equated to terrorists. The reason we believe the media take on the issue is because we have been taught to believe most (if not all) of what is reported by the corporate-owned media and we have been taught that only kings, rulers and governments can be sovereigns. Because we are not properly educated on the matter, most of us do not know that in America, it was intended that the People would be the sovereigns, subject only to the Law of the Land, or the Constitution. Our founders imagined a country populated with individual sovereigns without subjects, meaning, as long as one respected the rights of others, he had a natural and God-given right to govern himself, leaving other matters to the various levels of government–including the shared responsibility between indivudual and government of safeguarding the rights of the American People.
“The People of a State are entitled to all rights which formerly belonged to the King by his prerogative.” –Lansing v. Smith, 4 Wendell 9, 20 (1829)
“Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.” –Thomas Jefferson
We have been taught to obey the government and its institutions. We have been taught that this is right and patriotic. We have been taught to memorize and recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, not realizing that the intention of the author of the Pledge (Francis Bellamy) was to help accomplish his lifelong goal of making his cousin’s socialist fantasy a reality in America. We have been trained to believe that anyone who does not take the Pledge, when given the opportunity, is unpatriotic and that we must be suspicious of such behavior. Government was created in this country to serve the People, or those who created it–just as God created man to serve Him. Would it therefore seem right to require God to pledge His allegiance to man?
It seems logical–to me, at least–that if the created owes its allegiance to the Creator, the government must owe its allegiance to ‘We the People,’ and must serve us accordingly. This *was* the intention of the founding fathers, but something went terribly wrong!
The fact is that the government–and even the Constitution drafted by the founding fathers–has absolutely nothing to do with the natural and unalienable rights of man. Many people are accustomed to referring to all rights as “civil rights” or “Constitutional rights”, and believe that these rights exist based on the fact that those who possess them are Americans. The term “Constitutional rights” implies that rights exist because they are written in the Constitution. “Civil rights” implies that the rights were granted to us by government.
People who believe that men’s rights come from human sources do not differentiate between unalienable and civil rights. To them, all rights are civil, or in other words, granted by the State. If the American People do not understand this basic principle, no rights are sacred and unalienable — all rights can be revoked upon a majority vote or dictate. This is why so many people–including politicians–are claiming “health care is a right.” One who believes that health care is a right also believes that the State can give and take away rights based on a majority vote or the whims of its politicians.
Things and services are not rights! Our rights come with us when we’re born naked on this earth. One can enjoy his/her rights whether living alone on a deserted island or in a country of 300 million people. If one has a right to health care, for instance, then God–or somebody–must supply a health practitioner to that individual on the desert island to prevent the violation of his/her rights.
Likewise, safety and security are not rights. We do not have the right, for instance, to be protected. We do not have the right to not be hurt by a wild animal. We do, however, have the right to protect and defend ourselves! We do not have the right to have our feeling protected either, nor do we have the right to be free from ever being offended. If someone offends us or hurts our feelings by expressing their opinions–even if those opinions insult and degrade who and what we are–no rights have been violated.
This nobody has a right to, but himself.” –John Locke
When one owns something, one must bear the responsibility of that thing–weather we’re talking about a car, a home, a toaster, one’s rights or even one’s own body. Unfortunately, the concept of self-ownership has been lost. Most would probably reply “Of course!” to the question, “Do you own your body?” But if you own your self, then you also own the responsibility of your “care and maintenance”. If you own a car, you wouldn’t expect the government or some other entity to maintain and repair it in order to fulfill your right to travel, would you? This is not merely one’s own responsibility–it’s also an advantage. If one calls the shots regarding one’s own body, and can decide for him- or her- self how it is best taken care of, as well as what is consumed by one’s body, herbs and drugs used by the body and the best type of health care for one’s body–whether homeopathic, allopathic, or otherwise.
Along with self-ownership also comes the complete ownership of the fruits of one’s labor. If I plant 10 tomato plants and each plant produces 20 tomatoes, I have been repaid 200 tomatoes for my labor. I can eat them, I can let them rot or I can give them away. Nobody really cares what I do with my tomatoes, because they’re mine. I also have the right to trade or sell those tomatoes for other goods or services, and nobody should have any claim to any percentage of the money received because I own my body, my labor and my tomato surplus. If I trade my tomato surplus for coins, the tomatoes belong to somebody else and the coins to me because I also own my God-given right to provide for myself in order to sustain life and pursue my personal happiness. The founding fathers never intended for one to pay a percentage of one’s labor to the government. Although Congress was given the power to lay and collect taxes, it was never intended that those taxes should come from a source that would violate the unalienable rights of the People.
“If you believe that you need a politicians permission to be free, you aren’t free
and you never will be. …As long as you respect politician’s commands as
“the law” you will never be free because you believe you are the property of other human beings. …If [they] say ‘you can live where you want and do what you want,
but any time property exchanges hands, you owe us a cut’–you’re a slave!’ Free
trade is freedom. If you can’t trade the products of your labor, you’re a slave.”
If an adult has exclusive rights to his or her own body and is able to keep all the fruits of his labor, he/she is free!
If an adult is considered to have some rights regarding his own body, and is able to keep a part of the fruits of his labor, he is a serf.
If an adult is considered to have no rights regarding his own body and does not have the right or ability to keep any of the fruits of his labor, he is a slave or a prisoner.
“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even
his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he
establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.” –Thomas Paine
Another principle, not generally taught in modern times is that with rights, come responsibilities. Since my rights and my body are my property, it is my responsibility–and nobody else’s–to maintain both my health and rights. Transferring that responsibility to another, means I also transfer my right! Another responsibility of rights is that for every right that we possess, we must also allow others to exercise those same rights, whether we approve of the way they use them or not. If we value free speech, for instance, we must not attempt to restrict others from exercising the same–even if we are in total opposition to what they have to say.
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men,
undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” –Thomas Paine
Nobody will ever value my life as much as I do, nor will they value my rights as much as I do. To turn over something so precious to the government is, in essence, signing one’s self over into slavery. As our country practices more and more socialism, and as we allow more and more of our rights to be trampled upon, the People move further into the tunnel of serfdom. Although we tend to blindly trust that the government will not over-step its bounds and violate our rights, they have shown time and time again that they will do exactly that! Just as nobody will ever take care of your child as well as you can, or love him as much as you can, nobody will ever safeguard your rights as well as you can either. If you were to hand over your rights to me for safekeeping, and while in my possession I took half of them, what will I have lost? Nothing! In fact, by taking your rights, I’ve gained more power–and you’ve lost half of yours! Allowing our government to guard and protect our rights, after proving time and time again that it can’t be trusted, is like allowing a child molester to babysit your child.
Demanding a “right” to “free” health care is as absurd as demanding a right to free food, clothing, shelter and travel. Although we have the unalienable right to provide the necessities of food, clothing, shelter and travel for ourselves, it is the responsibility of no one to provide food, clothing, shelter or free transportation to any of us. It is not the responsibility of those who pay taxes to provide, nor is it the responsibility of government to collect and redistribute American dollars. And when one transfers their rights to provide for themselves to the government, the government is given the decision-making power that formerly belonged to the individual.
“Democracies have been found incompatible with personal security or the
rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they
have been violent in their death.” –James Madison
Although education is a necessity, the provision of education is not a right. Just as parents are expected to provide the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter to their children, so was the case with education at the time this country was founded. I’m not condemning public education, but as is the case with any social program, there’s always a trade-off. With government-funded public schooling comes a government-mandated curriculum, and with a government-mandated curriculum comes the guarantee that certain things will not be taught.
If I was in a position of power and was funding the schools, I would expect to have a Vicki-mandated curriculum–and, more than likely, I would want to spread the ideas and philosophies I wanted future adult citizens to possess. If I held the beliefs of the founders and wanted all people to enjoy the same freedom that I, myself, enjoyed–I would educate the children with this information. However, if I was corrupt and wanted to retain my present power and control–or gain even more of it–I would likely fail to promote ideas that give power to the individual and sweep the real meaning of liberty and free society under the rug, while promoting aspects of more oppressive forms of government, avoiding the use of such terms as “socialism,” “communism” and “fascism”, while disguising it as democracy.
This is why we are taught collectivism rather than individualism. It’s why we are taught to be global citizens and to work for the common good, rather than the concept of small government that our founding fathers believed. It’s why we are taught that we are a democracy, rather than a republic and why we are not taught how a republic is superior to a democracy. It’s why we are not taught about the concepts and philosophies of liberty which were firm-held beliefs of our founding fathers. It’s why we are taught that socialistic principles are superior to those that protect the rights of the individual and it’s why we are taught about civil rights rather than God-given, unalienable rights.
There is always a trade-off when what was once considered to be the obligation of the individual becomes a governmental/social obligation. In public education, children are educated with government-approved knowledge. With welfare programs, people do not have much of a say in their health care and are restricted to “buying” only government-approved food when on food assistance programs. The government has the power to allow and restrict certain foods–and although unlikely, even has the power to confine the recipient to a diet of Twinkies. Likewise, government health care will have the ability to approve and deny what type of health care one will receive in regards to his/her most valuable property–one’s own body.
My health–good or bad–is mine. I, alone, possess it. I have the right to maintain or improve my health, however I see fit. I also have the right to jeopardize my health, through vices and risks, if I so desire. The right is mine, and so is the responsibility. No person and no government has the right to dictate the variety of health care one chooses or the type of medicine one uses.
“This is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle
becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till
the bulk of society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no
sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering… And the fore-horse of this
frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train
wretchedness and oppression.” –Thomas Jefferson
Within days, most herbal supplements will be illegal to buy or sell in the European Union. They have practiced socialized medicine there for a very long time. As is the case in America, allopathic medicine and the pharmaceutical industry monopolize the medical field in Europe. How long will it take before the buying, selling and use of herbal supplements becomes a crime in America?