“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…”
I’m not sure how much clearer the source of our rights as Americans and human beings can be explained. Human rights come from the Creator. Life and liberty were first rights bestowed upon us and are the lynch-pins of all other rights.
The government the men who wrote about inalienable rights meant to create did not confer the rights of life and liberty on its citizens. It was established to protect the rights already given by God. They found government a necessary evil because rights aren’t exercised in a vacuum. Human rights must be exercised amid a world of men notorious for the usurpation of the God-given rights of others. As governments are made of men, government must be limited in order to preserve our rights.
In this country, government is meant to be restricted by what We the People say it can do. We outlined these limits in our Constitution and that is why this document is vitally important. When I was inducted into the military service of this country I pledged an oath to defend…not my fellow citizens, not the President, or the Congress…but, the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution is the expressed will of the American people for the preservation of our divinely granted rights of life and liberty.
Modern politicians who are keen to have us dispense with the Constitution are in effect saying they will dispense with the voice of the American people. By what then, I ask, will they govern? The answer is clear. They would govern by the same rule as King George, their own ever-shifting will and whim. They would do it as their divine right and the rights of others be damned.
It is my supreme hope that when the day comes…and it is coming…there will be enough citizens to stand with the men and women who took the oath to defend the Constitution to fight, and die if need be, to preserve the voice of We the People.