Continuing the same subject, concerning natural rights…
Before closing the discussion on rights, I’d like to cover a couple of specific types of “rights” that I believe most people need to consider on a deeper level to have a better understanding of the opposing viewpoints and how that can relate to other issues. First, I will talk about the right to property, and then some thoughts on the progressive view on human rights.
When Thomas Jefferson wrote the words in the Declaration of Independence about “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”, he was presenting the idea that the founding of our nation will be based on these natural rights. However, this was not an original idea of Jefferson’s. It was fairly common thinking of the time for those who studied and adhered to the concept of the “Enlightenment”, which among other principles, brought forth the idea of individual liberty and that no man has the authority to rule over another. One of the early philosophers of the Enlightenment movement that our Founders frequently referenced was John Locke, and most scholars believe that Locke’s idea of natural rights was the inspiration for Jefferson’s. Continue reading
I was asked to give a presentation about the Convention of States Project to the Kiwanis Club of Green Bay – Downtown, which I did on March 14, 2016. While I was excited for the opportunity to spread the message, I started thinking about how to go about doing that. It’s a fairly complicated issue, there is a lot of misinformation about it, it can be viewed as a controversial and partisan topic, and there have been things going on for about 240 years leading up to this point, including constitutional issues, historical events, and political battles. But, no worries, I would have about 15-20 minutes to condense all of that down and present the idea. What made it more difficult is that I had no idea where the audience was in their knowledge of all of these issues, so I couldn’t simply assume they were aware of this or that. In the end, I decided to simply try to explain why I have involved myself in the effort. But before I could talk about the Convention of States Project, I needed to first explain the issues we’re trying to fix with it, as I see them. Continue reading
Concerning natural rights…
We sure hear a lot about rights, don’t we? People often toss around their ideas of what is a right, what should be a right, what shouldn’t be a right, constitutional rights, human rights, civil rights, the Bill of Rights, privacy rights, marriage rights, and so forth. It all kind of gets thrown into a blender together and gets all muddled up, which creates a vast amount of confusion and misunderstandings on what exactly your rights are as a citizen of the United States of America. This essay will attempt to unravel the tangled web of the subject of rights.
Our country was founded on the principle of “natural rights” as Thomas Jefferson so eloquently stated in our Declaration of Independence, “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…” Continue reading
Concerning “We the People”…
Our great Republic is divided. Divided in many ways. Religion, race, gender, economic class, politics, immigration, age, and the list goes on. The constant rancor and animosity toward each other is out of control. One of the main purposes for establishing our Constitution was to “ensure domestic Tranquility.” As with many other things, our leaders are failing miserably in that regard. Not only are they not ensuring tranquility, but they are actively participating in dividing us and instigating the problems. If there is one thing I think we can all agree on, it’s that the system is broken, and it’s precisely because of this that they are able to effectively divide us. They have to keep us divided in order to keep their power. It really is that simple. If we the people were not divided, there is NO WAY that we would allow this corrupt, out-of-control federal government to continue its ways. They know it, and it’s time that we learn it and do something about it.
If we do not get our act together, this country simply will not survive as the land of the free. We will no longer be the place that offers the best opportunity for the pursuit of happiness. We will be just another country, flailing along in our existence just like so many other countries in the world. Our progeny will be denied the gift of liberty and unlimited opportunity that was handed over to us by our predecessors. And they will suffer for it. And the World will suffer for it. Continue reading