Contrary to popular belief, the Bill of Rights does NOT give us any rights. Our rights do not come from government. Our rights are not given to us by our fellow man. Our rights come from our Creator. This was a founding principle of our country and seems to have been forgotten by many. “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain INALIENABLE rights……” This was one of the revolutionary ideas that have propelled us into a leading role for liberty on this planet.
This is not semantics. This is the basis for many attacks on our rights and must be corrected. Take guns for instance- it is much easier for the gun grabbers to cite our 2nd Amendment rights than to say they want to infringe on our inalienable right to self defense. Instead of saying they want to restrict our God given rights, they take the position that they are merely “interpreting” a 200+ year old statement about guns. Or they say that the founders couldn’t imagine the progress we have made in firearms technology and we need “common sense” gun regulations. Or even more ludicrous that the rights given to us by the Constitution have limitations and are subject to the interpretations of some politically connected lawyers who wear black robes and sit in a fancy courtroom in Washington DC. All poppycock. The right to self defense is linked to the right to life and your unfettered ability to protect that life. Without that any other right you may possess is moot. Doesn’t matter that you have freedom of speech if you are dead. Goes for any other rights also. That is why the right to life is always listed at the top and why protecting that right is the most important.
So what does the Bill of Rights do? What is its purpose? Pretty much nothing other than to be a sentinel for the people indicating when government has exceeded its authority and is becoming tyrannical. It is a snapshot of some of our inalienable rights that government has NO authority to infringe upon. These rights we recognize have been fought for for over 900 years. Look up the 1100 Charter of Liberties. The Magna Carte. The Petition of Right of 1628. The Glorious Revolution and the Bill of Rights of 1689. These were all seminal moments in the pursuit of liberty. Our Bill of Rights and the thought that our rights are inalienable didn’t just occur. It was however boldly trumpeted by the colonists when they declared independence and it was codified into our Constitution.
So next time you see someone saying that our 2nd Amendment right to carry guns is being attacked or that our 1st Amendment right to free speech is under assault, just remind them where our rights come from. We used to understand that our rights are inalienable and are not granted by government but are supposed to be protected by government. It boggles the mind to think that this lesson is too hard to understand or if pointed out will be disputed. Get educated. Get active. Liberty is calling and wants to know if you are for or against her. Freedom is not free and is not a spectator sport. It requires action on your part. A piece of paper will not protect your rights. Only true Americans can do that.