Whether you hold a faith in a higher power is irrelevant; The Declaration of Independence (written in 1776, and by proxy, our Constitution, written and signed in 1787, both in Independence Hall in the PA statehouse) specifically guarantees that we as U.S. citizens possess natural, unalienable (un-a-lien-able) rights from our Creator. This means we don't get these from any government edict or law. This is not a conservative value, it's a BASIC, FOUNDING value that our nation was built upon. Applying identity politics to this topic is inappropriate and is a wholly inaccurate way to characterize the document that was created to protect our basic rights as human beings ... freedom that belongs to each and every one of us, regardless of race, gender, belief system, or religion (or lackthereof).
Do you know the meaning of the word "unalienable"? This word appears in our Declaration of Indepedence and it doesn't refer to aliens. It means something entirely different than most of us might understand or have been taught.
The Free Dictionary provides the following definition of lienable:
1. A claim upon a part of another's property that arises because of an unpaid debt related to that property and that operates as an encumbrance on the property until the debt is satisfied.
2. The right to hold another's property as security for a debt owed.
What does this mean for citizens of the United States? It means that by virtue of the fact that we exist or have life in this nation, we possess these unalienable, unassailable rights that are neither endowed to us via a government or corporate entity nor can they be revoked.
These are part of our natural endowments as human beings, period. There is no other qualification we must hold to have them. Neither the government nor any other entity may come between us and these naturally bestowed rights.
"Each and every one of us has the right to exist on earth in this society in a - natural- state, without being injected with , or forced to ingest any substance against our will. We also have the right not to be assaulted with scalpels or any treatment of any kind against our will.
These rights are natural, or God given. Just because someone is "educated" does not allow the negation of these rights over those who are considered uneducated or disadvantaged.
It is furthermore our natural / God given right and duty, to protect these same rights for our children!" - Dan Sevy
We must stand up for ourselves, our children, our neighbors, and our country, with the same resolve, bravery, and humility as our founders before us.
We can stand here and allow our freedoms to be eroded away because we "don't know better" or we weren't paying attention, or because we are afraid to have someone criticize us and call us names or pigeon-hole us into some manufactured ideology intended to divide us ... but in the end, if we lose the rights that are guaranteed to us by the founders of this nation, which sought a new way of life to end our rule under oppressive monarchs, we have no one to blame but ourselves.
I for one am not going to stand by and do nothing. I will continue to fight as long as I have strength and breath in my body.