Our God-Given Rights Are Universal


What God giveth, no man can eradicate. – Epistle of John the Houk (A little humor to state a simple truth)

 

I’m a the-Bible-is-the-voice-of-God kind of guy. I realize an atheist or a non-Judeo-Christian person discounts the Bible, but I’m definitely not one of those guys. Christians that look to God Almighty as the Author of Natural Law or Natural Rights believe God Almighty breathed what is Right and a knowing of what is Wrong into the human spirit. Hence these  God thoughts recorded in God’s Word carry an authority that no human legislature or human dictate can override in the sight of God –  Genesis 1: 1, 26-27; 2: 7; Romans 1: 19-20; 2: 14-15; Hebrews 10: 16 NKJV:

 

[Genesis] 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

 

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over [a]all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

 

2 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

 

[Romans] 1 19 because what may be known of God is [a]manifest [b]in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and [c]Godhead, so that they are without excuse,

 

2 14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)

 

[Hebrews] 10 16“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,”

 

Justin Smith addresses some thoughts from self-asserted Conservatives from Social Media who astoundingly seem to lack an understanding of the Natural Law/Natural Rights endowed by humanity’s Creator.

 

JRH 4/26/19

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Our God-Given Rights Are Universal

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent 4/25/2019 3:38 PM

 

It’s an astounding matter to find so many so-called, self-described “conservatives” on social media sites like MeWe and Facebook who do not understand, that the very same rights enumerated and codified in Our Constitution’s Bill of Rights are God-Given Rights afforded all men and women.

 

If any nation has not codified those God-Given Rights and makes a habit of suppressing them, as so many do these days — including supposedly Free World countries like the United Kingdom, along with much of the Third World — this doesn’t mean those rights seek to exist.

 

God-Given Rights are Truisms and have been witnessed in Nature’s Law, since the beginning, and they preexist any legal system and structure and any government. They are UNIVERSAL to all mankind.

 

Our Founders acknowledged and understood this fact. Our Declaration of Independence clearly 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. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed

 

And Our Founders had to fight to secure those RIGHTS.

 

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The absence of a legal system that protects these rights in any nation doesn’t mean that all of a sudden these rights no longer exists. It simply means that nation’s people have somehow failed to secure those rights for their own population.

 

Everyone has the absolute right to freedom of religion, free speech, freedom of assembly, to keep and bear arms and self-defense, to be secure in one’s home and privacy, habeas corpus, a speedy trial and to face one’s accuser in criminal matters, among other things.

 

Our God-Given Rights are Universal to All mankind.

 

And when I see so many on MeWe denying this fact and misrepresenting this statement as seeking One World governance, it exhibits precisely why our nation is suffering such unrest and tumultuous times. This “Conservative” IGNORANCE is just as corrosive and destructive to the republic and Liberty as the intentional and purposeful efforts of the Democratic Party Communists.

 

To equate recognizing God-Given Rights belong to all men and women with a globalist agenda, especially when speaking of illegal immigration is a non sequitur and lacks a proper understanding that a nation’s sovereignty is derived through its own sovereign individuals, each of which has been endowed by God with these inalienable rights.

 

If one commits the crime of jumping the U.S. Border illegally, that individual doesn’t lose rights that have long been recognized by most of the Free World. That’s just a plain fact and agreed upon since the very Founding of this nation.

 

To state or suggest otherwise is revisionist history.

 

It is this marked Ignorance that makes me almost want to leave all these social media sites and everyone on them to their own devices. Sink or Swim … because I know the Truth and I’m going to make it just fine … with or without them. But the nation is certainly suffering due to the poor level of education and real knowledge on both sides of the political aisle.

 

America is in deep trouble, even with the improvements seen under President Trump, but half the American people do not have a clue, or they are complacent and apathetic, just as long as they are getting their bread and circuses.

 

~ Justin O Smith

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Edited by John R. Houk

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The Continuing Relevance of the Constitution


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Most Conservatives (me included) voted for Trump primarily of the disaster a Crooked Hillary would present to the further depreciation of the U.S. Constitution corrupted incredibly by President Barack Hussein Obama. President-Elect Trump made a number of promises that I enjoyed hearing but kind of would like to see the proof of the promised pudding.

 

The Heritage Foundation is launching a back to the Constitution agenda which points to an article at the Daily Signal (a Heritage Foundation apparatus).

 

JRH 11/30/16

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The Continuing Relevance of the Constitution

 

By Larry Arnn

November 28, 2016

The Daily Signal

 

Public policy is often exciting and urgent. When a war begins or ends, when votes are counted in an election, or when a major bill is passed, everyone senses the magnitude of the event.

 

Some struggles end and new struggles begin. Consequences carry far into the future. Compared to this, and especially given the way we think today, the Constitution seems like a boring subject.

 

But how do we know whether the public policies we adopt are good? How do we know whether the results of the election will be happy? How even do we know if the war we have fought was worth it?

 

Those questions cannot be answered except by reference to things that are outside the immediate excitement and even our immediate needs.

 

These larger and more enduring things cannot be understood without understanding what we are, how we should live, how best over the long term we can achieve a good life and be free. Somehow, urgent things have to be judged in light of ultimate things.

 

The profoundest example of this is in our famous Declaration of Independence. The people of America decided to form their own country. It was an act of rebellion. It would carry a death sentence for many if the revolution failed, and it did carry that sentence for many in the subsequent war.

 

How remarkable that in this urgent moment, they would base what they did upon the “laws of nature and of nature’s God.” They were looking upward toward the eternal as they began their battle. That is one of the essential reasons why they succeeded.

 

How can we remember to do this kind of thinking, when so many urgent things press upon us and when hundreds of millions of us participate?

 

The answer is given best of all in history by the Constitution of the United States, the partner of the declaration, prefigured in its middle passages.

 

The purpose of the Constitution is to ground the government in the people’s authority. It is also to make both we and our government thoughtful. “It is our reason alone,” writes James Madison, “that must be placed in control of the government. Our passions must be controlled by it.”

 

Under the Constitution, it takes time to do big things: We must think before we act. The Constitution divides power across the land and between levels and branches of government; the people and the parts of the government must cooperate if anything is to be done.

 

To get a majority, they must give reasons—out loud and in front of millions. This encourages candor and discourages the rankest forms of partisanship.

 

Yes, it is still partisan, but at our best moments we are better than anywhere else. Moreover, the Constitution limits what we can do to each other, teaching us self-restraint and independence.

 

In recent decades, our country has suffered public policy disasters. We have fought many wars without decisive victory. We have spent many trillions without removing the problems they were designed to remove. We have become a great debtor nation with fewer reserves, even if our reserves are still great.

 

These facts are connected to the compromising of our constitutional practices. We have changed the way we make laws. The government is less accountable, and the laws are more numerous and impossible to understand.

 

We have made government more centralized, and so its proper central functions—especially defense—are starved for resources.

 

As the government gets bigger, the people get smaller. They are regulated in their private lives, obstructed when they strive, subsidized in many cases into failure. This is just what the Constitution was designed to prevent.

 

No institution has done more to describe and promote public policy from the conservative point of view than The Heritage Foundation. It was born decades ago for specifically this purpose. It has always had an interest in the Constitution.

 

Now, it is bringing together all of its efforts relating to that great document into the Institute for Constitutional Government, launching Nov. 29, to achieve better focus. As a friend of the Constitution and of Heritage, I am proud of this.

 

It can only be good. Our freedom is at stake. We will not save it without restoring our Constitution.

 

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Larry Arnn is the president of Hillsdale College and a professor of politics and history, teaching courses on Aristotle, on Winston Churchill, and on the American Constitution. He is also a trustee at The Heritage Foundation.

 

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Examining 28 Founding Fathers Principles


John R. Houk

© July 1, 2015

I sent an email to myself that lists “28 Fundamental Principles of the Founding Fathers”. In the self-sent email I reminded myself to give credit to the blog contributor Robert Smith. I sent the email to myself on June 23 and for the life of me I can’t remember what the reference was inspiring me to self-send this email. If Robert happens to read this, he’ll probably remember.

The things is, between about 7 years of President Barack Hussein Obama whittling away the U.S. Constitution and around 40ish years of the Supreme Court stealthily transforming the Founding Fathers’ Constitution into the so-called Living Constitution, I believe it is time to recall some reasons why our Founding Fathers influenced THIRTEEN Colonies to leave the suzerainty of the British Crown to form a more perfect union of United States governed “… of the people, by the people, for the people,” rather than an unjust tyranny of Christian-hating (See HERE, HERE and HERE) Leftists.

So without further ado, compare today’s Federal Government with these 28 Founding Father Principles.

JRH 7/1/15

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28 Fundamental Principles of the Founding Fathers

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Discover the 28 fundamental beliefs of the Founding Fathers which they said must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desired peace, prosperity, and freedom…

These beliefs have made possible more progress in 200 years than was made previously in over 5,000 years. Thus the title “The 5,000 Year Leap”.

The following is a brief overview of the principles found in The 5,000 Year Leap, and one chapter is devoted to each of these 28 principles…

Read more at: http://www.volusia912.org/The_28_Principles.pdf

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Principle 1 – The only reliable basis for sound government and just human relations is Natural Law. Natural law is God’s law. There are certain laws which govern the entire universe, and just as Thomas Jefferson said in the Declaration of Independence, there are laws which govern in the affairs of men which are “the laws of nature and of nature’s God.”

Principle 2 – A free people cannot survive under a republican constitution unless they remain virtuous and morally strong. “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” – Benjamin Franklin

Principle 3 – The most promising method of securing a virtuous people is to elect virtuous leaders. “Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who … will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.” – Samuel Adams

Principle 4 – Without religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained. “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports…. And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.” – George Washington

Principle 5 – All things were created by God, therefore upon him all mankind are equally dependent, and to him they are equally responsible. The American Founding Fathers considered the existence of the Creator as the most fundamental premise underlying all self-evident truth. They felt a person who boasted he or she was an atheist had just simply failed to apply his or her divine capacity for reason and observation.

Principle 6 – All mankind were created equal. The Founders knew that in these three ways, all mankind are theoretically treated as: 1. Equal before God. 2. Equal before the law. 3. Equal in their rights.

Principle 7 – The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not provide equal things. The Founders recognized that the people cannot delegate to their government any power except that which they have the lawful right to exercise themselves.

Principle 8 – Mankind are endowed by God with certain unalienable rights. “Those rights, then, which God and nature have established, and are therefore called natural rights, such as are life and liberty, need not the aid of human laws to be more effectually invested in every man than they are; neither do they receive any additional strength when declared by the municipal [or state] laws to be inviolable. On the contrary, no human legislation has power to abridge or destroy them, unless the owner [of the right] shall himself commit some act that amounts to a forfeiture.” – William Blackstone

Principle 9 – To protect human rights, God has revealed a code of divine law. “The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law, and they are to be found only in the Holy Scriptures. These precepts, when revealed, are found by comparison to be really a part of the original law of nature, as they tend in all their consequences to man’s felicity.” – William Blackstone

Principle 10 – The God-given right to govern is vested in the sovereign authority of the whole people. “The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of the consent of the people. The streams of national power ought to flow immediately from that pure, original fountain of all legislative authority.” – Alexander Hamilton

Principle 11 – The majority of the people may alter or abolish a government which has become tyrannical. “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes … but when a long train of abuses and usurpations … evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.” – Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence

Principle 12 – The United States of America shall be a republic. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America And to the republic for which it stands….”

Principle 13 – A Constitution should protect the people from the frailties of their rulers. “If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary…. [But lacking these] you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” – James Madison

Principle 14 – Life and liberty are secure only so long as the rights of property are secure. John Locke reasoned that God gave the earth and everything in it to the whole human family as a gift. Therefore the land, the sea, the acorns in the forest, the deer feeding in the meadow belong to everyone “in common.” However, the moment someone takes the trouble to change something from its original state of nature, that person has added his ingenuity or labor to make that change. Herein lies the secret to the origin of “property rights.”

Principle 15 – The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free-market economy and a minimum of government regulations. Prosperity depends upon a climate of wholesome stimulation with four basic freedoms in operation: 1. The Freedom to try. 2. The Freedom to buy. 3. The Freedom to sell. 4. The Freedom to fail.

Principle 16 – The government should be separated into three branches. “I call you to witness that I was the first member of the Congress who ventured to come out in public, as I did in January 1776, in my Thoughts on Government … in favor of a government with three branches and an independent judiciary. This pamphlet, you know, was very unpopular. No man appeared in public to support it but yourself.” – John Adams

Principle 17 – A system of checks and balances should be adopted to prevent the abuse of power by the different branches of government. “It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it.” – James Madison

Principle 18 – The unalienable rights of the people are most likely to be preserved if the principles of government are set forth in a written Constitution. The structure of the American system is set forth in the Constitution of the United States and the only weaknesses which have appeared are those which were allowed to creep in despite the Constitution.

Principle 19 – Only limited and carefully defined powers should be delegated to government, all others being retained by the people. The Tenth Amendment is the most widely violated provision of the bill of rights. If it had been respected and enforced America would be an amazingly different country than it is today. This amendment provides: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Principle 20 – Efficiency and dispatch require that the government operate according to the will of the majority, but constitutional provisions must be made to protect the rights of the minority. “Every man, by consenting with others to make one body politic under one government, puts himself under an obligation to every one of that society to submit to the determination of the majority, and to be concluded [bound] by it.” – John Locke

Principle 21 – Strong local self-government is the keystone to preserving human freedom. “The way to have good and safe government is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to every one exactly the functions he is competent [to perform best]. – Thomas Jefferson

Principle 22 – A free people should be governed by law and not by the whims of men. “The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings, capable of laws, where there is no law there is no freedom. For liberty is to be free from restraint and violence of others, which cannot be where there is no law.” – John Locke

Principle 23 – A free society cannot survive as a republic without a broad program of general education. “They made an early provision by law that every town consisting of so many families should be always furnished with a grammar school. They made it a crime for such a town to be destitute of a grammar schoolmaster for a few months, and subjected it to a heavy penalty. So that the education of all ranks of people was made the care and expense of the public, in a manner that I believe has been unknown to any other people, ancient or modern. The consequences of these establishments we see and feel every day [written in 1765]. A native of America who cannot read and write is as rare … as a comet or an earthquake.” John Adams

Principle 24 – A free people will not survive unless they stay strong. “To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.” – George Washington

Principle 25 – “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none.” – Thomas Jefferson, given in his first inaugural address.

Principle 26 – The core unit which determines the strength of any society is the family; therefore the government should foster and protect its integrity. “There is certainly no country in the world where the tie of marriage is more respected than in America, or where conjugal happiness is more highly or worthily appreciated.” Alexis de Tocqueville

Principle 27 – The burden of debt is as destructive to human freedom as subjugation by conquest. “We are bound to defray expenses [of the war] within our own time, and are unauthorized to burden posterity with them…. We shall all consider ourselves morally bound to pay them ourselves and consequently within the life [expectancy] of the majority.” – Thomas Jefferson

Principle 28 – The United States has a manifest destiny to eventually become a glorious example of God’s law under a restored Constitution that will inspire the entire human race. The Founders sensed from the very beginning that they were on a divine mission. Their great disappointment was that it didn’t all come to pass in their day, but they knew that someday it would. John Adams wrote: “I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in Providence for the illumination of the ignorant, and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.”

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Examining 28 Founding Fathers Principles

John R. Houk

© July 1, 2015

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28 Fundamental Principles of the Founding Fathers

 

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