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The difference between unalienable (inherent) rights and legal rights.

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posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 02:46 PM
"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." ~ United States Declaration of Independence (written by Thomas Jefferson)

"That all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety." ~ Virginia Declaration of Rights (written by George Mason)

Ninth Amendment – Protection of rights not specifically enumerated in the Constitution.
"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." ~ United States Bill of Rights (introduced by James Madison to Congress)

Tenth Amendment – Powers of States and people.
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." ~ United States Bill of Rights (introduced by James Madison to Congress)

Unalienable rights also called natural rights or inherent rights are considered to be self-evident, eternal and universal. They are rights that are automatically ours as part of our birthright and are considered to be individually sovereign. They are not contingent upon the laws, customs, or beliefs, religious or otherwise, of any particular culture or government. They are rights that exist by reason of an individual's status as an individual. They are rights you are conceived with and they cannot be taken away by any individual or group of individuals.

Wikipedia says - "Legal rights, also called statutory rights, are bestowed by a particular government to the governed people and are relative to specific cultures and governments. They are enumerated or codified into legal statutes by a legislative body." Legal rights are rights that exist under the rules of a legal system and are subject to change.

Liberty is a precious and rare thing in the world and if we as a people don't protect it we won't have it much longer. America stands on the precipice of great change and that change is determined by our actions as a people. We must determine whether that change will be good or bad because if we don't someone else will. The war in Lybia and the disaster in Japan only reinforces that idea. We the People must determine the course of our great nation. John Adams once said that Liberty must be supported at all hazzards that we as a people had a inherent, unalienable right to it that was derived from our Creator but if we had not derived it from our Creator then our forefathers bought it for us at the price of their blood, sweat, tears, leisure and fortune. So what will we do with Liberty, will we make the most of it or will we sqander it away?

"The preservation of the sacred fire of Liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered, perhaps, as deeply, as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people." ~ George Washington (first inaugural address)

edit on 23-3-2011 by I Want To Believe because: (no reason given)

posted on Mar, 28 2011 @ 04:15 PM


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