Foundational American Principles (Part 1, 1-15)

The Proper Role of Government is to Secure My Rights
All Political Power is Inherent in the People

Principle #1 – Our rights come from God

In 1776, the colonists severed ties with the king and declared their independence to the world. In the Declaration ofIndependence, Thomas Je erson clearly communicated that ourrights come from God, not man. Our rights are naturally ours. By our humanity alone, we have natural God-given rights.

To think otherwise suggests we get our rights from another source. The danger is that if man grants us our rights, then man can take them away. Does the government give us our rights? Does a bureaucrat? A policy or law? No. Not at all.

“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.” – Declaration of Independence

Self-evident means “not needing to be explained; obvious.”Unalienable means these rights “cannot be taken or given away.” They cannot be sold. They cannot be transferred. No one can put a lien on them. You cannot alienate them. They are yours.

Cling to these Truths and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Believe me, they are going to try. Your rights belong to you.

The fact of the matter is that you have been endowed by your Creator. You are free. By your humanity and mere existence on Earth, you have natural God-given unalienable rights. God gaveyou dominion. Among many natural rights, you have the right to life, liberty, property, and the opportunity to pursue Happiness.