We Hold These Truths…
“We Hold These Truths”
“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.”
This opening statement of the Declaration of Independence reveals the views held by our founding fathers. Those words are not legalese. They do not require a lawyer to explain them. They do not quote any human authority, nor any judicial opinion, nor any philosopher. They do not quote anyone.
They wrote and believed things that are from outside of the confining boundaries of everyday thought. They thought on a scale that was above and beyond the authority of the government that had ruled them for many, many generations. They thought about the source of the rights which they intended the new national union to secure for them and their posterity. They believed fully that that source was not human. It was divine. It was eternal and unchanging. Its work was permanent and never ending. The rights bestowed upon the creation by “the Creator” are immutable until the end of the world.
The authors of the Declaration of Independence did not write about holding opinions to be self-evident, but holding “Truths” to be so. That is an unequivocal absolute when it comes to the subject being expounded on. Truth is not dependent on human opinion, action, or agreement. It is what it is. They believed certain Truths were known to all and confirmable by all and those Truths are The Principles of Natural Rights.
The justification for the treasonous rebellion of the citizens of the colonies was based on self-evident natural rights, -which were being grievously violated by the henchmen of the King & his Parliament. The colonists asserted not only that those rights exist but that they are the only legitimate basis for government.
Those rights cannot be legitimately rescinded by government because they are not bestowed by government. They are bestowed by “the Judge of the World” who made all men free, -but subject to moral laws and the responsibility to live an upright and conscientious life.
Without Divine Authority as the source of the unalienable rights and liberties that individuals are born with, (along with the requirement and expectation that men be responsible for their actions and their treatment of others), the basis of a free democratic republic would crumble into the amoral rule of Rules & Bureaucracy, with no principles behind the rules, nor a moral population willing to adhere to them.
There are societies in today’s world where corruption is so ingrained into the psyche of the people that there is no outrage when it occurs because it is what everyone else would do. Moral Law has no preeminence and therefore neither do Natural Rights.
First came the principles, then came a people willing to risk all to obtain the chance to employ those principles in a new form of government that would protect and support those unalienable natural rights with which all men are born.
One of those rights is the right to be a member of the group into which one is born. As long as the group is not a meritocracy, like the earned status of being, for example, a Spartan warrior or a Navy Seal, or an athletic team, then one possesses the natural right to membership in their parents’ natural, cultural, ethnic, or national group. If the parents belong to a group in which they have a natural right to be a member, then their child inherits that membership from the parents and also become a member by nature.
That membership is their natural right. It can’t be granted to them because no one has any right to bestow natural rights with which one is born.
No one has a natural right to bestow to you the right to live, to be free, to own property, to pursue happiness, nor to be a part of the group or nation into which you were born. Rights that no man can bestow cannot be canceled by any legitimate government. The founding fathers felt that since man has no moral authority to bestow natural rights on other men since all men are created equal, it follows that government also has no moral authority to bestow such rights. And so they avoided doing that.
Consequently, there is no law by which you are an American citizen unless you were not born to American parents. Nothing in the Constitution delineates who is and isn’t an American. The only delineations of U.S. citizenship were written for those born to foreign fathers, those who married foreign men, or for foreigners who sought to become Americans, or were Native Americans, or natives of American territories. All of them who were granted U.S. citizenship by U.S. law are “legal citizens”. Some of them possess Certificates of U.S. Citizenship. Do you have such a certificate? Are you a “legal citizen” or something else?
All those for whom there is no law are natural citizens. Congress was not granted any authority regarding citizenship except over those who were not Americans by birth to American parents. The Constitution grants Congress authority to write immigration & naturalization law and nothing else regarding citizenship. Natural American citizens are free of the authority of Congress in regard to their citizenship because they are the natives of the nation, -they are “the naturals” or “natural born citizens”. They are exempted by the Constitution from its prohibition against anyone serving as the President and Commander-in-Chief except them.
Those who are “legal citizens” are not because they are man-made citizens who gained their citizenship via some form of naturalization. Natural-ization is the human attempt to make a foreigner into something they are not by nature, which is a natural member of a group into which they were not born. But they are equal to the natural members in every way except one, -they cannot serve as the President and Commander-in-Chief without being in violation of the United States Constitution.
by A.R. Nash March 2012 http://obama–nation.com