“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…” Declaration of Independence
The Spiritual Nature of Man is Supreme—
Foundational to liberty and the American approach to government is the fact that man is of divine origin. His spiritual or God-honoring religious nature is held as being of supreme importance. The divine quality of these rights calls for the unequivocal rejection of authoritarian entitlements claimed by elitists of all stripes. This principle enshrines limits that must, for the sake of liberty, be placed upon the use of the law and government power.
God Alone, Not Government, is the Source of Man’s Rights—
Education that does not emphasize man’s unalienable rights are the gift of God is energizing the enemies of the family, self-rule, prosperity and liberty. During the 1765 crisis caused by the king’s Stamp Act, John Adams, when writing the Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, August 12, 1765, the Boston Gazette pointed out that liberty was not man’s creation or something radically new to the world, but rights “derived from our Maker, rights indisputable, unalienable, inherent, essential, divine, and even acknowledged since the Middle Ages by British law.”
All Men Are Equal in the Sight of God and the Law—
Any concept of authoritarianism that presumes to override the sovereignty of man under God over government is a violation “. . . of the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them . . .” (Declaration of Independence).
“. . . unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Declaration of Independence
Upholding the Traditional Family is Paramount—
“The most important consequence of marriage is, that the husband and the wife become in law only one person” (James Wilson, Natural Rights [Higher Authority Common Law] of Marriage, 1792).
Protecting the traditional family as a distinct institution is among the highest priorities for a nation’s laws. This historic arrangement has proven overwhelmingly to be the best setting for raising children to live healthy, responsible lives (Genesis 2:23–24).
Liberty from Oppression of Big Governments and Secular Militants—
“I shall certainly be excused from adducing any formal arguments to evince, that life, and whatever is necessary for the safest of life, are the natural rights of man. Some things are so difficult; others are so plain, that they cannot be proved” (Supreme Court Justice James Wilson Lectures, delivered at the College of Philadelphia 1790-1791. Volume II, Part II, Chapter 1, Lorenzo Press, 1804).
~ D. Norris