reply to post by tothetenthpower
That's what you just don't seem to understand about government... Everything you said there is WRONG!!!!
Government does not inherently have authority, they are granted the authority to rule by the people.
Government does not HAVE nor do they GIVE rights to the people. The second that the people no longer want government to function... guess what???
It will cease to function.
Government only has authority. Authority that is granted to it at the consent of the governed.
The founder's of America understood this. They also knew that by the nature of people and of government that government would seek to oppress the
people and the people would suffer injustices for a long time before saying enough is enough.
The rights of the people are inherent. The founder's of America only chose to codify the rights of the people to help minimize the ability of the
government to oppress the rights of the people.
History has shown this time and time again. The founder's didn't just pull this out of their asses. They saw that from time immemorial people would
be oppressed and then they would stand up to their oppressors.
They saw that certain things were always done to aid the oppressors. Some of these things were limiting where and what could be said and written,
targeting political opponents and arresting them simply for being opponents, limiting access to arms, etc...
These were all things that were codified in the bill of rights, NOT because they are not inherent and need to be granted, but to specifically limit
government's ability to limit these things because they ALWAYS lead to government oppression of the people.
The ability to have arms and to not be subject to unreasonable search and seizure and to be able to speak freely and to be able to practice religion
not controlled by the state. THESE ARE ALL CODIFIED WITH ONE SINGULAR PURPOSE....
To prevent the oppression of the people by the state, to allow the people to speak against the government without being subject to limits on doing so
and to have the means to fight back when it becomes necessary.
All people NATURALLY, without the consent of government, have these rights by their very existence, endowed by their creator, whether that be God or
nature or whatever. They are simply codified to create a more perfect union that is government intrinsically and specifically run by the people of the
people and FOR the people.
That IS the way it is with ALL government, but in American government it is ratified in the documents that founded the country.
So sorry, you are wrong, the rights of the people ARE inherent as has been shown time and time again.