We can assume a number of things here.
1. The Declaration of Independence lists human rights as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If we go by THOSE individual rights - the death
penalty goes against life, the restrictions on freedoms and regulations go against my liberty, and the government doing things against the will of the
people goes against the happiness. Therefore, I have lost ALL my rights.
2. If we go by the Bill of Rights our rights are as follows:
Freedom of religion - Though no explicitly done against me, freedom of religion has been lost to many groups in the past. Waco comes to mind as well
as the whole Mosque ordeals around the country.
Freedom of speech - Depending on what I say. I can be thrown in jail for my statements or declared an enemy of the state or "terrorist". While I have
the ability to practice my freedom of speech, I am not free from unruly punishments for using it.
Freedom of assembly - My right to assemble has been regulated by a permit process. Though permits do give the right of assembly, the fact that
thousands of permits are denied for a number of reasons deprives those people of their freedom of assembly.
Right to Bear Arms - Though not affecting everyone, in some locales in the United States is is illegal to bear firearms. In nearly all of the states
regulations against certain firearms prevent people from owning firearms without paying a fee.
Right of no Unreasonable Search and Seizure - Since the Patriot Act this right has been thrown out the _ Many, including myself, have been
subject to unwarranted search of vehicles and homes, many times without probably cause.
Right of Due Process - Once again, post-9/11 the right of due process has been denied to political prisoners, not to mention that government has taken
to assassinating people without bringing them to trial.
Right of a Speedy Trial - All about the country the right of a speedy trial has been subdued, with trials sometimes taking years to reach the courts,
with innocent and guilty people alike being held captive for that time.
Right of No Excessive Bail - This is pretty self explanatory. Bail in America tends to reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars and many times
the millions. With the average American income standing at 39,000 per year, this can be seen as QUITE excessive.
I could refer to the 10th amendment as well, considering it has been violated countless times and thrown into a corner, but it refers to states'
rights, not individuals.
If referring to the Bill of Rights, that should be sufficient.
3. You are referring to birth rights, in which case, no, we have not lost any of those rights. We still so have the right to do whatever we so please
with ourselves from our birth, however, those rights are not protected from punishment or even death in the society we live in. Therefore, we haven't
"lost" them, but we certainly aren't legally allowed to exercise them without living in fear.
There, I answered your question on three different scenarios. I daresay if you haven't found what you are looking for here, then you aren't willing to
accept any opinion outside of your own.
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