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  • Obama: God-Given Rights 'Was a Radical Idea'

    09/21/2016 9:09:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 21, 2016 | 6:12 AM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    President Barack Obama affirmed this week that the Declaration of Independence recognizes that “individual human beings” have “God-given rights.” Yet, he insisted this was a “radical idea” at the time of the founding. […] “So I recognize a traditional society may value unity and cohesion more than a diverse country like my own,” he said, “which was founded upon what, at the time, was a radical idea — the idea of the liberty of individual human beings endowed with certain God-given rights.” What would Alexander Hamilton say to that? Or Thomas Jefferson? Or Cicero? Writing in February 1775, a young...
  • Natural Rights and Man-made Anti-rights Part 3

    09/09/2016 9:40:28 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 9/9/16 | Publius Huldah
    What happened to bring us where we are today – on the brink of social, moral, and financial collapse? We forgot the Principle set forth in our Declaration that the sole purpose of civil government is to secure our Natural God-given rights by protecting us from those who seek to take these rights away from us. We were seduced and deceived into believing that civil government should 1) Provide for our needs; and 2) Protect us from the risks and uncertainties of Life. The belief that government is responsible for all our needs is self-destructive. Historically, when this ideology has...
  • God-given Natural Rights, Man-made Anti-rights and why “Safety Nets” are Immoral Part 2

    09/04/2016 8:58:50 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 9/4/16 | Publius Huldah
    “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. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” -The Declaration of Independence It is not the federal government’s job to secure ALL of our Natural Unalienable Rights, just those appropriate for a “federal” government. Other God-given rights are secured by state and local governments. How is the Natural Right to Life Secured?...
  • Randy Barnett: To Secure These Rights

    07/24/2016 2:07:27 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 2 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | July 24th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In the first chapter to his superb new book, Our Republican Constitution, Professor Randy Barnett opens with the events and intellectual background that led to our Declaration of Independence. Of primary importance is the concept and place of natural law and natural rights. Thousands of men risked their necks in order to assume “the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature” entitled them. Whatever structures of government were to follow, their designs would recognize self-evident truths, that all men are in possession of God-given, natural, unalienable rights. While the literature of the time emphasized rights to life,...
  • Natural Law, Natural Rights, and American Constitutionalism

    05/07/2016 1:26:04 AM PDT · by Godebert · 18 replies
    The Witherspoon Institute ^ | 2016 | Witherspoon Institute
    As is evident by the variety of thinkers and source documents presented here, the natural law and natural right tradition is a complex and many-sided body of moral and political thought. It is unified, however, by an agreement as to the natural (as distinguished from conventional or man-made) character of principles of right and wrong, and of justice and injustice. Philosophers and statesmen who think and act within this shared understanding agree that the standards that ought to guide the ordering of political and social life are accessible to human reason. One can find this appeal to natural standards of...
  • Against Progressivism: Whatever the Label

    05/07/2015 7:08:03 AM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | May 7, 2015 | Bradley J. Birzer
    When the forces of American progressivism emerged in the 1880s and 1890s, those who would one day be labeled as conservatives, classical liberals, and libertarians found themselves quite ill-prepared for the intellectual and political onslaught. Perhaps the best analyst at the time progressivism emerged, somewhat surprisingly, was E.L. Godkin, the venerable founder of The Nation. t was the rights of man that engaged the attention of the political thinkers of the eighteenth century. The world had suffered so much misery due to the results of dynastic ambitions and jealousies, and the masses of mankind were everywhere so burdened by the...
  • Rights Are Freedoms, Not Powers

    09/16/2014 11:50:01 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 6 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | Aug 01, 1976 | Oscar W. Cooley
    The word "right," used as a noun, means, my dictionary tells me, a "just, or lawful claim." Claim on what? On whatever I want and can lawfully have. I have a right to life, that is, a just claim on life. I have a right to liberty, a just claim to be free. I have a right to property, a just claim on land, goods, or other wealth. My right is not life, liberty, property, but rather my proper and just claim upon these things. The distinction is important. It was understood by our revolutionary forefathers but is widely misunderstood...
  • Progressivism and America's Tradition of Natural Law and Natural Rights

    09/16/2014 11:20:16 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 5 replies
    The U.S. Constitution, as its framers understood it, was a means to an end. It was crafted and adopted for the sake of achieving the natural-law principles referred to in the Declaration of Independence. The progressives understood this very clearly as well. The robust regulatory and redistributive aims of the progressive policy agenda were inevitably at odds with the natural-law theory of the founding. This basic fact makes understandable Woodrow Wilson’s admonition (in an address ostensibly honoring Thomas Jefferson) that, “if you want to understand the real Declaration of Independence, do not repeat the preface.” Do not, in other words,...
  • Golden Apple; Silver Frame

    09/16/2014 11:15:24 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 1 replies
    Constitutional Writes ^ | Apr 24, 2012 | Jim O'Neill
    The US Constitution is much more important, and in much greater danger than most people realize. I will discuss both issues in this article. Some people believe, and I am one of them, that there is one short passage in our founding documents that encapsulates, enshrines, and defines what is so unique and important about the US Constitution, and the United States of America. Oddly enough it is not to be found in the Constitution at all – it is in “The Declaration of Independence.” I am talking about the preamble to the Declaration – specifically the first sentence. Without...
  • 10 essential quotes from a classic 1689 title made for (but forgotten in) the age of Obama

    08/29/2014 12:49:47 PM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 3 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2014-08-29 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Today is the birthday of a man who left an indelible imprint on American history and the history of the free world more broadly. The Englishman John Locke was born on August 29, 1632. Locke was one of the most heralded Enlightenment thinkers — preeminent among classical liberals — developing theories on natural rights, property, government, not to mention law and philosophy more broadly that would influence the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Western civilization itself. His intellectual achievements were so great that Thomas Jefferson identified Locke as one of “the three greatest men who ever lived, without any...
  • Should climate change be added to the civil rights agenda?

    08/30/2013 3:49:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | August 30, 2013 | Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
    We marched against the recent attack on voting rights. We demanded justice in the face of Stand Your Ground laws and racial profiling. We marched to raise awareness on unemployment, poverty, gun violence, immigration, and gay rights. And we called for action on climate change. Chances are, when you think about civil rights, environmental issues aren't on the radar screen. But stop and think about it. Remember Hurricane Katrina? The hurricane that leveled New Orleans showed that severe weather in low-income neighborhoods and communities of colour is a matter of life and death. The images from the storm are hard...
  • Parental Rights Amendment: Congressmen Are Selling You and Your Kids Out to Big Government

    07/10/2013 7:40:51 AM PDT · by Sopater · 10 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | Publius Hulda & Michael Ferris
    If politicians introduced a bill mandating the slaughter of all human babies under the age of two years; but called it, “The Little Babies Protection Act,” establishment conservatives and unthinking people all over the Country would be clamoring for its passage. We have become a shallow and easily deceived people. If it sounds good on the surface, we are all for it. We assume the proposal will live up to its name. 1 We don’t trouble ourselves to actually read proposals and analyze them before we clamor for passage. The name, “parental rights amendment” (PRA), sounds so good! But it...
  • Distrusting Government

    07/02/2013 9:39:53 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 7-2-13 | Walter Williams
    Recent opinion polls demonstrate a deepening distrust of the federal government. That's not an altogether bad thing. Our nation's founders recognized that most human abuses are the result of government. As Thomas Paine said, "government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil." Because of their fear of abuse, the Constitution's framers sought to keep the federal government limited in its power. Their distrust of Congress is seen in the governing rules and language used throughout our Constitution. The Bill of Rights is explicit in that distrust, using language such as Congress shall not abridge, shall not infringe...
  • The Debate We Have to Win, Otherwise We Lose the Country

    02/23/2013 9:05:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies ^ | February 23, 2013 | Steve Deace
    Recently a discussion of this story about DC Comics being pressured by homosexual activists to fire one of its writers because he’s on the board of the National Organization of Marriage prompted vigorous debate on my Facebook wall. While perusing through the various comments, it was obvious there still exists much confusion in our country today about the term “rights.” There are two types of rights: unalienable and contractual. Sometimes referred to as a natural right (i.e. “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” reference from The Declaration of Independence), an unalienable right is a right that comes from God...
  • We will NOT disarm.

    01/02/2013 10:07:12 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 42 replies
    Minuteman Right to Keep and Bear Arms ^ | January 2, 2013 | Tom Hoefling
    For four hundred years in this country, my family has had a well-earned reputation for being well-armed, and of not being afraid to use those arms if life, liberty, property, or their communities were threatened. I'm a descendent of Alice Proctor, the wife of Virginia ancient planter John Proctor. In the Indian attacks and massacres of 1622 in which as many as a third of the Virginians were killed, John was in England, and she and her household held off the savages for a month. The British officers threatened to burn down the Proctor Plantation if she didn't remove herself...
  • Pro-Life Activist: Human Rights in China “Getting Worse”

    12/03/2012 5:19:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 3, 2012 | Penny Starr
    hen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese activist who escaped house arrest in May and came with his family to live in the United States, has released a video condemning the human rights violations he claims are perpetrated by China’s Communist government, including the disappearance of dissidents and a one-child per family policy that includes forcing women to have abortions. “Unfortunately, the human rights in China is in fact getting worse,” Chen said in the video filmed in New York City with the Freedom Tower shining in the night skyline behind him. “This has to garner more attention from the world. And...
  • Obama’s Truth

    09/18/2012 2:53:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 18, 2012 | Charles R. Kesler
    More than any Democratic president since Franklin Roosevelt, Barack Obama in his writings and speeches has worked out an impressive interpretation of American history that culminates in modern liberalism. It also culminates, not incidentally, in him. As a writer, Obama’s strength is telling tales, and his story of America mixes together social, intellectual, and political history. It begins and keeps contending with the Founding– with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. He tries to tell a new story about the country that acknowledges, and then contextualizes, traditional views in ways that are meant to be reassuring but that point...
  • Brussels to unveil EU cloud computing strategy (central planning = power grab)

    07/20/2012 1:46:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 19 July 2012 | Francesco Guarascio
    EXCLUSIVE: The European Commission is finalizing a strategy on cloud computing aimed at promoting the use of off-site data storage in a bid to cut information technology costs and create new jobs, according to a draft paper seen by EurActiv. In a comprehensive communication, Brussels is planning to address several aspects of the cloud computing regulatory framework to encourage its use by companies and public administrations. “In particular, cloud computing is raising specific issues related to data protection and data retention, applicable law and liability and consumer protection,” reads an internal note seen by EurActiv. “The aspects of interoperability, standardization...
  • Homosexual "marriage" is not a natural right

    07/21/2011 11:36:10 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 39 replies
    Renew America ^ | 21 June 2011 | Tim Dunkin
    One of the fundamental truths about the founding tenets of this nation is that our ordering principles — the basis of our laws, our conception of rights, the purposes to which government is supposed to obtain — are built upon the acknowledgement of and respect for natural law. Natural law presupposes that there are absolute standards of right and wrong, and carries with it the necessary understanding that this natural law, far from being the product of random happenstance or social consensus, is instead instituted by the Divine authority of a Creator God who formed the world in which we...
  • Are There Natural Human Rights?

    05/30/2011 3:16:52 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 69 replies
    New York Times ^ | May, 29, 2011 | MICHAEL BOYLAN
    This has been a year of uprisings. The series of popular revolts, struggles and crackdowns by governments, which continue to this day... But whether or not every person on earth has certain rights just by virtue of being a person alive on the planet — a concept I will refer to here as natural human rights — is a question of some controversy. In these times, when new questions of rights, complaints and subsequent conflicts seem to arise anew each week, it’s worth knowing where we stand on the matter. Philosophers and legal scholars have intensely debated this issue over...
  • The True Meaning and Interpretation of Article II "natural born Citizen

    11/04/2010 8:01:39 PM PDT · by STE=Q · 52 replies
    Post & Email ^ | Nov. 4, 2010 | Jedi Pauly
    I wish to undertake a critical analysis of the incomplete works of attorneys Orly Taitz, Phil Berg, and Mario Apuzzo, concerning the meaning and definition of "natural born Citizen" within the political context and intent of Article II. It is my contention that none of the attorneys working on exposing the illegal usurper known as Barack Obama have described any valid theory of law that properly explains why Obama cannot possibly qualify to be President under Article II. I will show what I believe are their mistakes and limitations and expose their incomplete efforts as failed hypotheses rather than valid...
  • A Threat to One Right is a Threat to All Rights

    07/26/2010 4:19:51 PM PDT · by Silverfiddle · 7 replies
    Western Hero ^ | 26 July 2010 | silverfiddle
    I got into an argument with an old friend and fellow lifetime NRA member over that organization’s support for campaign finance legislation that restricts free speech in exchange for an exemption for itself. Good on the NRA for defending our Second Amendment rights. Bad on them for squashing the First Amendment in the process. Things really got heated when I excoriated our NRA for toying with the idea of endorsing Harry Reid. Reid Voted for the Brady Bill, Erik Erikson reminds us.  Politico explains how politics in America makes such bedfellows possible: First, Reid has a fairly favorable lifetime...
  • Progressivism a Vapid and Hollow Charade

    07/14/2010 5:05:55 AM PDT · by Silverfiddle · 1 replies
    Western Hero ^ | 14 July 2010 | silverfiddle
    GOP senators should filibuster the Kagan nomination.  I know, they’d lose.  But they would hopefully awaken somnolent American citizens to the loss of their natural rights. In a rare blip of actual substance, Kagan revealed she would not move to overturn a law mandating every citizen eat a congressionally-prescribed amount of vegetable every day.  If Congress can tell us what to eat under threat of prosecution, what can they not do?  (See George Will’s questions for Elena Kagan here and here) Prosecute Kagan for Lying to CongressKagan also professed ignorance of the term “Judicial Progressivism.”  This and her her...
  • Kagan: Unfit for the Supreme Court

    07/05/2010 5:08:16 AM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | July 05, 2010 | James H. Warner
    On June 30, in her confirmation hearings, Solicitor General Elena Kagan gave a response which gives me pause about her fitness to serve on the Supreme Court. Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, asked her view of the natural right to self-defense. She responded, hesitantly, that she didn't have a view of natural rights, independent of the Constitution. But natural rights, independent of the Constitution, form the very fabric of it. Let me explain. The US Supreme Court, the court to which Elena Kagan aspires, said in Ex Parte Grossman, 267 US 87, 108 (1925), "The language of the Constitution...
  • If Kagen doesn't believe in Inherent Rights, we're all in big trouble!

    07/04/2010 8:09:25 PM PDT · by jazzpatriot · 27 replies · 2+ views
    The Jazz Patriot ^ | July 4, 2010 | Tom Wholley
    This week I believe we witnessed an incredible and frightening event in our nations capital when President Obama’s nominee for the United States Supreme Court, Elena Kagen, stated emphatically that she didn’t believe in rights that are inherent to us. Denying natural rights and natural law during a week leading up to the day in which we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence strikes me as a distortion of the deeply held religious beliefs of the signers of this sacred document which clearly states “we are endowed by our creator with inalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the...
  • The Moral Case Against Health Care Reform

    03/23/2010 4:30:06 AM PDT · by Scanian · 255+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 23, 2010 | Andrew Foy, MD
    The greatest expansion of American government and the social welfare state since the Great Society passed the House Sunday night. Opponents recognize that this bill violates the most important principles of American government, and as such, is immoral. In a free society, does one individual's needs constitute another individual's obligation to provide? The answer is no; rather, it is the duty of free individuals to decide what and whose needs appear most important to them. In a free society, the individual is of supreme importance and should not to be used as a means to society's ends. The individual has...
  • FREE DOWNLOAD of new Pro Second Amendment Song

    06/23/2009 2:18:38 PM PDT · by ez · 23 replies · 864+ views
    New Album "A Walk In The Hollow" ^ | 5/22/09 | Wells Hollow
    There is now a Free Pro Second Amendment song download available online..."Don't Come For My Gun" is a message for politicians, penned by new county music duo "Wells Hollow" during the last election cycle. The author, Bee Thomas has been a Freeper since Aug of 1998, and he gets it.To receive your free download of this new song, go to, and scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will see a link and instructions.WE HAVE NEVER BEEN UNDER SUCH AN ASSAULT ON OUR RIGHTS. Get the song and pass it says it all. Lyrics...Don't Come...
  • Natural Rights vs. Legal Rights

    05/08/2009 12:35:50 AM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 2 replies · 733+ views
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | May 5, 2009 | Natural Born Conservative
    May 5, 2009by: Natural Born Conservative "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." Natural rights (also called moral rights or inalienable rights) are rights which are not contingent upon the laws, customs, or beliefs of a particular society or polity. In contrast, legal rights (sometimes also called civil rights or statutory rights) are rights conveyed by a particular polity, codified into legal statutes by some form of legislature, and as such...
  • Quill pens, guns, ink and bullets

    06/14/2006 7:25:52 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies · 620+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | Tuesday, June 13, 2006 | RAY HAYNES
    Quill pens, guns, ink and bullets By: RAY HAYNES - Commentary: When the Founding Fathers took the initiative to permanently inscribe our natural rights on paper, one can imagine it being done so with a quill pen. The first copies which enshrined our liberties in the Constitution as the Bill of Rights to include the freedom of religion, freedom of the press and the right to keep and bear arms were printed with a manual printing press. This freedom of speech includes our right to express ourselves with every available medium. At no point have we considered that the freedom...
  • Steve Forbes: Don't Junk Property Rights

    12/28/2004 3:48:14 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 21 replies · 2,775+ views
    Forbes ^ | December 28, 2004 | Steve Forbes
    More From Steve Forbes Audio:Steve Forbes on Sky Radio     In the coming months the U.S. Supreme Court will issue two critical rulings on property rights, which are the bedrock of a vibrant, free-enterprise economy. They are rooted in the principle of equality before the law, whereby the least of us can be protected from the most powerful. This is what enables an entrepreneur to start a business--not to mention create a whole new industry--that may challenge existing powerful business entities and not have it effectively seized or gobbled up by those already-existing bigcorporations. Under our Constitution the...
  • Breathe Deep, America, While Liberty is in the Air

    12/03/2004 6:17:57 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 256+ views ^ | 04-01-92 | The Freeman
    "By liberty, I understand the power which every man has over his own actions, and his right to enjoy the fruit of his labor, art, and industry, as far as by it he hurts not the society, or any member of it, by taking from any member, or by hindering him from enjoying what he himself enjoys. The fruits of a man's honest industry are the just rewards of it, ascertained to him by natural and eternal equity, as is his title to use them in a manner which he thinks fit: And thus, with the above limitations, every man...
  • The Non-Absurdity of Natural Law

    09/01/2003 10:17:34 AM PDT · by NMC EXP · 12 replies · 1,519+ views ^ | 02/01/98 | Wendy McElroy
    From The Freeman, February 1998, Vol. 48, No. 2, pp.108-111 by Wendy McElroy There is an immense difference between disagreeing with a theory and considering it to be absurd. The former can be a respectful process that encourages discussion: the latter implies that anyone who holds the theory must be a fool. In vernacular language, the difference can be expressed as, 'is the other guy wrong, or is he just stupid?' Natural Law has always had vigorous opponents who believed, with the early 19th century English philosopher Jeremy Bentham, that the theory was nonsense upon stilts. Indeed, Sir Robert Filmer's...
  • A Lockean Discourse on Self-Defense, Punishment, and Justice

    06/07/2003 11:24:31 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 9 replies · 285+ views
    7. And that all men may be restrained from invading others' rights, and from doing hurt to one another, and the law of Nature be observed, which willeth the peace and preservation of all mankind, the execution of the law of Nature is in that state put into every man's hands, whereby every one has a right to punish the transgressors of that law to such a degree as may hinder its violation. For the law of Nature would, as all other laws that concern men in this world, be in vain if there were nobody that in the state...
  • Wal-Mart, Immigrants, and Thomas Jefferson

    10/24/2002 5:16:17 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 34 replies · 386+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | October 24, 2002 | Eric Miller
    I have a friend who came to the United States from a South American country as a guest of Wal-Mart. It seems Sam Walton, in an effort to promote Capitalism in Central American countries, set up scholarships so that students could come to Arkansas, become schooled in business, and return to Central America ready to make the poor agricultural nations more receptive to large-scale, super-discount retailing. Today, my friend, who shall remain unnamed (I probably don't know his real name anyway), is one of the many people in the United States illegally. He has skills, an advanced degree and a...
  • The Next International Right

    10/17/2002 4:36:08 AM PDT · by RKV · 7 replies · 262+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 17, 2002 | Glenn Harlan Reynolds
    <p>The past century was one of barbarism and mass murder, one in which the world stood by while large populations were exterminated by governments bent on power and possessed of the means of killing.</p> <p>After World War II, the "international community" determined that the most important goal of the new international system created for the post-war era would be the prevention of genocide. "Never again," we were told, and nations signed the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in large numbers.</p>
  • Brave New World V2.0

    04/22/2002 10:31:59 AM PDT · by gordgekko · 25 replies · 441+ views
    Enter Stage Right ^ | April 22, 2002 | Steven Martinovich
    Our Posthuman Future Consequences of the biotechnology revolution By Francis Fukuyama Farrar, Straus and Giroux 256 pgs. US$25/C$39.95 ISBN: 0-374-23643-7 Brave New World V2.0By Steven Martinovichweb posted April 22, 2002It would appear that history has not, in fact, ground to a halt. Back in 1989, social philosopher Francis Fukuyama made the extraordinary claim that because "the major alternatives to liberal democracy had exhausted themselves," history had effectively come to an end. Ten years later, he backpedaled by announcing that history wasn't at an end because science continued to make progress. Fukuyama picks up that thread in Our Posthuman Future: Consequences...