In Fight for Your Rights, Know Where They Come From

Now that we’ve all been stabbed in the back yet again by the RINOs in the Senate, I’m becoming more convinced that this gun control fight is going to end in bloodshed.

That’s the only way some people will ever understand that Americans won’t willingly surrender themselves to the whims of the state. But more importantly, it is becoming less likely we can avoid bloodshed because some of us who want to defend our gun rights are actually encouraging the would-be dictators.

Actions follow words, words follow concepts, and it’s in the conceptual understanding of our rights that we have failed.

You’ve heard the Left peddling their tyranny with bumper sticker phrases like “reasonable restrictions.” But the language of conservatives has contributed to this emerging crisis, as well.

Without meaning to, many of us have undercut the case for preserving our rights by using phrases such as “the rights granted to us by the Constitution” or “the Second Amendment, which gives us the right to defend ourselves.”

If you read the Constitution carefully, it gives us nothing. Even Barack Obama realizes that, once saying what we have is a list of “negative rights.” The perhaps confusingly named Bill of Rights is actually nothing more than restrictions on government, specifically Congress.

That’s where we’ve all fallen into the trap. If the Bill of Rights is not viewed as restrictions on the will of government but as the grantor of our rights, then we’ve lost before the fight begins, because we’ve already conceded the war.

The Constitution is the basis of our government, not our country. If we wrongly believe the Constitution grants us rights, then we are in effect saying that our rights come from government. The current government endorses that view, calling the Constitution a “living” document that must be adapted to the whims and currents of the moment. Thus, your rights can be changed by a simple majority vote of Congress or the stroke of a president’s pen.

In short, this view holds that you don’t have rights, you have privileges based on passing fads, and enforced only by polls and protests.

That’s how we got to the absurd place we are in currently, where your right to follow your religious conscience or to defend yourself is in question, but the right to kill an unborn baby or to claim your catamite roommate as your spouse and dependent on your taxes is ironclad.

Your rights are rooted in something much deeper than any mere piece of paper, even one as profound as the Constitution. There’s a reason the Constitution doesn’t enumerate your rights, and that’s because the Founding Fathers understood that your rights are inherent in your very being, and no document either could or should attempt to embody them.

This is the same understanding explained so eloquently in the lines of the 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, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Your rights proceed from God, and as such they are part of your very being that cannot justly be taken from you except by your consent. It is from you, and the fact that you are a creation of God, that government gets its moral authority, not to lord it over you, but to serve you.

The Declaration of Independence was passed by an act of Congress, and it was never repealed. Its fundamental principles are the basis the Constitution stands on, and it is the document that the gun grabbers most fear.

What the Congress is doing in debating gun control is against the law. They are not debating your right to self defense, because that cannot be taken away by any human agency without your consent. What they are debating is whether the United States government will continue to recognize your right. In other words, they are being “destructive of those ends” for which the government was implemented.

Government exists by means of a contract drawn up by the governed and agreed to under oath by those who become part of that government. But a contract is worthless if neither party enforces its terms.

Although we have voted for the current office holders, at present we the people have no representation in Congress, which is knowingly violating its agreement with us and relying upon ignorance and complacency to allow its villainy to pass unchallenged.

Congress and the rest of the federal government have assumed power which they should have been denied under the Constitution, and the government has placed itself above the citizens of the United States.

This is only possible so long as the people are kept in ignorance of the nature and source of their rights, and it is the ultimate reason for the generations-long effort to remove God from schools and public life. Knowledge of the Creator makes humans dangerous to tyrants.

Humans are obtuse enough to argue about the existence of God, but even the most naturalistic egocentrist can see that God’s existence should be assumed as a matter of public policy: God must exist because we must be free, and freedom is not possible if our liberties are dependent upon the whims of men who derive their momentary morality from the wind.

We have forgotten who and what we are, and until we remember, the villains win.