“When in the course of human events…,” so starts the Declaration of Independence during a time in the nation when a notorious monarch drove the colonists to war. Within that Declaration of Independence, we learn we have inalienable rights given by God, and not granted by a government. Do you understand what this category of rights means in the context of its origin?
Alienable referred to the act of stopping the transfer of chattel (law an item of property other than real estate) to one’s heirs. Therefore, inalienable refers to not having the right removed from your heirs to acquire what you have. To put it another way, and in context with the Declaration, God gave us rights, including the right to self-defense, and through the course of history, with any device we could lay our hands on to protect ourselves, our families, and our possessions. Because a government didn’t give us these rights, rather God did, a government can not take them away. Neither can we declare our descendants separated from, or alienated from, these rights. They are inalienable rights, never to be denied.
In association with the inalienable right to self-defense professed in the Declaration, the founders often discussed how to make it clear the government could not deny the citizens’ rights. A major discussion revolved around the concept of a bill of rights. There were several bills of rights promulgated throughout English history, a very notable one being the English Bill of Rights of 1689. The colonists debated the need for the first ten amendments based upon the argument that when you start to define something, there is always something left out. At that point, argument ensues because differing opinions address what the writers intended. Case in point, the 2nd Amendment.
When read in simple English, this amendment is very clear, especially the part about “shall not be infringed.” However, since this Bill of Rights is in writing, every kind of viewpoint brought to light took the intent farther and farther from what the founders understood it to mean. The primary argument about ratifying the first ten amendments included the knowledge of what occurred in the courts of England. Once you write something down, people who want to change the intent will pick it apart and slant the legality of it to suit their own agenda.
Had the Bill of Rights not been included, the discussion goes, there would be nothing to argue about. The world knew everyone had the right to self-defense, and those were the very same people who would stand up for their neighborhood, colony, state, or country. It was an inalienable right, so the arms of a family would always be available.
One of the things progressives allude to in our Constitutional Republic is the Constitution is old and needs changing. They used this ploy to change the republican form of government when they passed the 17th Amendment taking the election of Senators away from the states’ legislative bodies. Instead of having a balanced and checked federal government, we now have a popular (read that democratic) vote for two houses of congress instead of one. There is now a lot of press, especially on social media, to eliminate the Electoral College as the elector of the office of the President. Should that ever occur because the Constitution is too old to remain viable (the disguised progressive slant to kill the republic), we will be exactly what the founders hated and evaded, a democracy.
Our inalienable rights have been chewed up, swallowed, regurgitated, and chewed up some more until we have but shreds of our original rights. It’s as if the act of stating a lie over and over again convinces us our rights are alienable. They remain given by God, no matter what a loud voice demands of us.
The way we must prevent further erosion, and to aid restoration of these inalienable rights, is to vote. Armed revolution, as hinted at in the 2nd Amendment, is a last resort and one we should all have great concerns about based upon our history during the 19th century. However, voting is another of our inalienable rights. Every citizen has the right to do so. The fact that most elections in the US are decided by less than thirty per cent of the registered voters is a travesty. Find out how many registered voters there are in your precinct and compare that number to the population. In a rather recent election in New York State, the governor was elected by the lowest turn out of registered voters since 1938. Only fifteen per cent went to the polls!
When we, the United States of America, go to the polls with eighty per cent of the eligible citizens, the clear path of our collective conscience will be laid before us. Until then the progressives will continue to erode our inalienable rights until we are left with a mob rule democracy. Which of these options do you want to live under? Better yet, which do you want to leave for your grandchildren?
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