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I don't think I've ever seen an expansive article about unalienable rights. We all seem to just refer to the Declaration of Independence and what
Jefferson wrote, and then defer to it. But natural law and unalienable rights are where it all starts.
Thomas Jefferson wrote: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain
Unalienable Rights... Self-Evident. Obvious. Perhaps it was self-evident to the 18th Century common man, but I submit to you that the common 21st
Century mind is not equally equipped. Much of the wisdom of the ages has been withheld from the modern man by the government schools. And why not? If
you are a government, both tasked by The People to educate them and controlled by the same People, why teach generation after generation how to
control you? Why not teach those generations how to be controlled? Self-evident truths bow to governmental self-preservation.
Building a tower requires building a firm foundation FIRST... or your tower goes over when the winds blow hard. Gentle readers, we're in a CAT 5
hurricane right now that's going to take down our American tower. If you do not have a working understanding of unalienable rights, you'll likely
fall for the next iteration of oppressive, tyrannical government foisted upon an uneducated populace who move their lips when they read. And if you
don't truly understand this philosophy, you cannot possibly teach it to your young.
Unalienable rights are also known as Natural Law or Absolute Rights. In this article these terms will be interchangeable. Also, the use of a male
pronoun or the word "man" means all humans.
We begin with a definition of "Unalienable:"
"Unalienable: incapable of being alienated, that is, sold and transferred." Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, page 1523. One cannot sell,
transfer or surrender unalienable rights. The Creator bestowed them on every individual. All human beings possess unalienable rights. Unalienable
rights cannot be taken nor surrendered but they can be simply ignored. This is a little like the story Jesus told about the prodigal son. A
recalcitrant son learns through tough lessons that he cannot escape his father's love nor his rights as his father's son.
But can we find natural human rights without a recognition of a Creator? Yes, without a doubt. What you'll learn here about Natural Law dwells in the
heart of every human being simply because he exists. The concept of Unalienable Rights is life-affirming whether or not you believe in a Higher Power,
since the concept showcases the uniqueness of the human being in this world. Unalienable Rights are the highest form of humanness while at the same
time the most elementary of man's characteristics.
Unalienable or Inalienable?
There is a very serious error made throughout America as related to Unalienable Rights. That is, that many people use the term "Inalienable Rights"
and think that the terms are interchangeable. But they are as different as night and day.
Inalienable Rights: Rights which are not capable of being surrendered or transferred without the consent of the one possessing such rights. Morrison
v. State, Mo. App., 252 S.W.2d 97, 101.
Inalienable rights can be transferred, sold or surrendered if you give your consent. Inalienable rights are not bestowed by the Creator or inherent in
humans. "Persons" have inalienable rights, and the word "Person" is a legal term1. Inalienable rights can be bestowed to persons by government,
and can be likewise removed from persons by government. At times, government itself can be considered a "Person" in a legal sense. Most state
constitutions recognize only inalienable rights.
Therefore, because we possess Unalienable Rights, endowed by our Creator, to secure these rights(not grant or create them), "Governments are
instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."2 And the rights we bestow upon government are the Inalienable
Rights that we all possess that can be transferred to other persons.
We're going to build this like a pyramid, much like the Hierarchy of Needs developed by Professor Abraham Maslow, Ph.D. He placed the bedrock human
needs as the base of the pyramid, these being the most fundamental needs upon which all others are built. Physiological needs are first, simple
survival of the human body. Next up comes Safety, then Love, Esteem, then Self-actualization as the headstone.
All credit to Russell D Longcore, full article available via Jeff Rense