Inalienable Rights Give Power to the People

Inalienable Rights Give Power to the People

Inalienable Rights Give Power to the People

By Capazin Thornton

 

 

Inalienable Rights

 

The inalienable rights of all people are the heart of the Declaration of Independence adopted July 4, 1776.

The Preamble to the Declaration states:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Yes, slavery stained our nation’s history.  But this nation also has a rich legacy of righting wrongs and fighting for and helping people worldwide.

Self-Evident Truths

God created humans with free will, the innate power to choose.

He created us with a conscience and gave us the ability to think and reason. The truth is freedom is God’s idea.

Today, you can go just about anywhere in the world and find that people are pretty similar. People want life’s essentials such as clean water, good food, clothing, shelter, and safe neighborhoods. And they want the freedom to choose their path.

Inalienable Rights

The inalienable rights given to people by God include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!

Life begins at conception and continues until death.

Liberty means:

  • the freedom to choose
  • to come and go as one pleases; and
  • to live one’s life as one sees fit

Happiness includes prosperity, thriving, wellbeing.

These natural rights are the foundation of the Bill of Rights.

The Bill of Rights Guarantee Inalienable Rights

The Bill of Rights is the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. They guarantee our rights as individuals. They are our American heritage. We should know them and own them.

They protect us from any government that would try to overturn, suppress, or subvert our inalienable rights.

Main Role of Government

The second paragraph in the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence says:

“That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed…”

So, in America, the primary role of government is to secure and protect the people’s God-given and constitutional rights.

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Today, I celebrate Independence Day thankful for the inalienable rights given by God, the men and women who serve in the military, and the privileges of freedom guaranteed by the Constitution.

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Is the Bill of rights important to you?

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Capazin Thornton

 

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      1. Janice, thank you for always taking the time to read my blogs and post feedback. You really are a great encourager. May encouragement come back to you 100fold.

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