At a gathering of TEA Party and Liberty groups leaders this past weekend I repeatedly heard them refer to our constitutional rights in questions put forth to a candidate running for political office. At any other setting, I would have corrected them, but I felt it was not my place to correct them since it wasn’t my event and I was a guest.
I was wrong; I should have.
We DO NOT have constitutional rights; we don’t even have constitutionally protected rights.
We have inalienable rights, or if you prefer – unchallengeable, absolute, immutable, unassailable, incontrovertible, undisputable, indisputable, undeniable, natural or as prefer to call them God given rights.
These rights existed before the Constitution and they existed even before government.
Man did not sit around waiting for a government to appear to grant him rights he had rights from the day he was born. Just imagine yourself dumped on a deserted island – you are in charge of your life and no one can tell you what to do.
So where did “government” come from or why was it created? The only reason for government is combine the power of multiple people to protect themselves from other groups of people who wish to take their stuff or for this group to take that groups stuff. That is all government boils down too, a way to protect your stuff or to take someone else’s stuff.
Man, created government not the other way around therefore man had rights before government even existed. We the People have only lent the government certain powers and rights retaining all the others, but government is insatiable or more rightly men with limited powers want to increase their power. Therefore, We the People need to be ever vigilant when it comes to government because they will always ALWAYS want more. They will ask nicely for more power to “protect you” from those that would hurt you, but in the end they will take the power and with it your rights.
“There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.” — Daniel Webster
Rights that are given by government will be just as easily taken away. Therefore, never fall into the trap of believing that the government or a constitution gives you rights; they are not theirs to give they are yours to defend.