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It's my God given right

Date: 04 July, 2000

By: Chief

Imageay what? Just where is that phrase located within the supreme law of the land? The Constitution of the United States. I have scoured my copy of the Constitution and maybe I missed it. I doubt it, but it is possible. However, nowhere can I find where you or I or any other citizen has a 'God given right' to do anything.

How many times have you heard that phrase? If I had but a penny for every time I've heard 'God given right', I'd be quite a wealthy man. Yet people keep spouting something that appears not to exist. Indeed the bible, both old and new testaments, is replete with 'thou shalt nots' and very few 'thou shalls', 'thou shalts' or 'you have the right tos'.

Our rights, which unfortunately most people take for granted, are based upon the English common law of yore and subsequently placed onto a document, our Constitution. In other words, our rights are derived from the evils our fathers and their fathers, our creators, had to endure, had to labor under. Experience, most assuredly, is a tough task master. After all, harsh lessons make for long memories. Whether it was a monarch up to mischief, a greedy baron or a corrupt religious leader, freemen suffered.

I call your attention to the Ninth Amendment:

"The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

Further, the Tenth Amendment states:

"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."

Finally, and to be sure, the most important part, the Preamble of our Constitution:

"We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

Hence, We the People granted certain limited powers to the national government. Further, We the People, based upon experience of tyranny, placed safeguards within the Constitution — the Bill of Rights. These are a check, a short leash if you will, upon our government. Last but not least, We the People retained all of our rights as freemen, as sovereigns. In short, it was and still is, We the People who are the grantors of rights, the grantors of liberty to — We the People. No one and no thing else — just us, the citizenry.

Truly that is sacred. People, our forefathers and their forefathers, granted to us blessed liberty. The liberty to do, individually or collectively, as we so choose. The only caveat is not to wilfully injure another or wilfully injure another's property, self defense notwithstanding. While, without doubt, our government is burdening us with laws and regulations which attempt to strip us of our rights — rights conferred upon us by We the People — it is, in the final analysis, incumbent upon us to right the wrongs. No one and no thing else will accomplish that task. It must be accomplished by We the People.

I believe it is sufficient to say liberty belongs to us all. No one person, group, government or religion holds that particular copyright. Liberty resides within the heart, soul and breath of us all. The yearning to breathe the air of liberty, however, is not a God given right. It is, to be certain, a right which we all cherish, but must pay for. And the price to breathe the air of liberty is very, very high. But when one considers the price of tyranny, liberty is a bargain.

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