Rights and Laws; Man made or Natural?

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Another beautiful morning here in the great Republic of Texas. The black coffee still flows, as I offer up some of my perspectives for your consideration. Rights and Laws. I ask that you think about it… from a different perspective.  

A Constitutional Republic. That’s what we have, right?

Benjamin Franklin must have thought so (as the story goes); “A Republic, Madam, If you can keep it.”, was his reply to a Philadelphia woman on September 17, 1787 upon leaving the old Pennsylvania State House.

Definition of a republic: A state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives. Or a more archaic definition: A group with a certain equality between its members.

Most will agree that we have what our Framers and Founders created, right? That in name, we have a Constitutional Republic. The question then becomes; Do we have it as it was created?

Many say that our government stole it from us while others argue that we have evolved into a better form of government. My perspective has always put the blame upon We the People, regardless of what you might think happened. Everything we are experiencing from hatred and in-fighting to violence and corruptness, is a by-product of what We have allowed. 

We the People have allowed ourselves to be led down the wrong paths. We have taken stands upon the wrong things while the right things have escaped us. From the Progressive ideologies of Roosevelt and Wilson (born out of the political theories of Marx and Engels) to the “Temperance movement”, where “perceived religious or church” virtues were forced upon us for the “greater good”. The incident is long forgotten (The NFA of 1934 for example) as the people continued to march like good little soldiers to the beat of their drums. Furthering us down the path of divisiveness, to the place we are today; a stand-off between traditional and non-traditional values.

The “enlightenment crowd” of the latter 19th century (often referred to as postmodernists or Utilitarian) led us toward a construct of government where “the people” began to believe in no moral absolutes and no objective definitions of right or wrong. These people served to bolster an already power hungry and controlling Corporate/Federal base of “leaders”, who viewed our natural rights as an obstacle that must be overcome.

Our newly enlightened leaders believed that when the interests of the people were in conflict, they were/are obligated to suppress those interests that “offend”. They have done it through programs and laws like; Prohibition, Gun Control, Racism, Red Flag, Taxation and thousands of other statutes. All serving as an infringement upon those who are already respecters of natural law; the law-abiding. Create so many laws, that no man can ever live up to the term.

Traditional Founders morality or Deontological ethics are considered the foundational moral code of Western civilization. For both the Judeo-Christian tradition as well as the Hellenic and Roman traditions. It is what most of our Framers and Founders either stood firmly upon or agreed upon, when creating our Federalist Constitutional Republic. It is there in black and white, plain text. Easy enough for even the uneducated of the 1700s to understand. And yet here we in our technologically advanced intelligence, trying to reinterpret its simplicity.

We can walk even further back through time and see the words of many like Cicero; “So let us regard this as settled: what is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage. The mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious.” Or the simplicity of Aquinas; “good is to be done and pursued, and evil is to be avoided.” 

All “We the People” need is to look back upon our wicked past and see that WE haven’t been true to the intent of our Founders, ever. We allowed our representatives to enslave, rape and pillage in our name. We didn’t take a stand upon our Founders wisdom, as they encouraged, so we fell for something else. It doesn’t take a “highly educated political analyst or a CEO with a PHD”, to understand why we are here in this place in time. 

We live in a time where people want to be that which they are not. They believe they are entitled to something they haven’t earned. We’ve come to this place in time because We the People have failed to maintain our own standard of morality and virtue.  We have failed to recognize what it takes to maintain true liberty and freedom. We want to blame it on everyone else, but the monster that stares back at us. 

We’ve been sold something that is completely contrary to what our Framers created. It has bifurcated into two distinct groups; Republican and Democrat… or some amalgamation of those two political ideologies from the beginning. We are divided between the “feel good right now, no matter what it takes to get it” crowd and the traditional “work for it yourself and harm no one in the process” crowd. We have no one to blame but ourselves.

Our liberties and freedoms have been sold out from under us. The Bill of Rights ignored, while the true intent of our Founders and Framers has slowly been replaced with a watered-down version of tyranny called Social Progressivism. It’s the much “easier to swallow” version of Totalitarianism. 

This is not a perspective. This is a fact. As the STATE continues to rule over an increasingly immoral and divided people, they continue to enact more and more restrictive laws. Laws intended to restrain those who lack the desire or ability to maintain self-reliance and responsibility to the natural laws of man.

It is like the old saying goes; It only takes a few bad apples to spoil the pie. 

I understand that many of you know that I am a follower of Christ, so you assume I’m not a critical thinker, just a follower. I encourage you to understand and look beyond your own narrow opinions and see that I’m an extremely liberty minded individual. I just want to stand upon the tenets as described to us by our Founders.

I am a free thinker. One who only seeks the truth as it is, not what we, the government or Hi-Tech Tyrants want it to be. I do not care if you believe in my core beliefs. I only care that you can maintain the morality necessary for We the People to live the way our Founders intended. Where that morality comes from is irrelevant. As long as we can agree that it exists and was based upon the common premise of the natural rights and laws of man.

“We have no Government armed with Power capable of contending with human Passions unbridled by morality and Religion. Avarice, Ambition, Revenge or Gallantry, would break the strongest Cords of our Constitution as a Whale goes through a Net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” ~ John Adams to the Massachusetts Militia, October 11 1798

These natural rights and laws were passed down from long ago. Ignored by immoral kingdoms and churches, our Founders recognized and acknowledge these facts. They embarked upon a journey to set the record straight and create something greater than themselves. An experiment in self-governance.

We had a Republic that was protected by a constitution and an ironclad Bill of Rights, protecting us from government infringement. We are not a tribe of people, nor a commune based upon the equal distribution of work and wealth with free love and feel goods for all.

We are a collective of sovereigns, governed by representatives that should understand and uphold the structure of law, based upon Creator bestowed rights. Maintaining and protecting our little collective of individualism from those who seek to infringe upon those rights, both foreign and domestic.

What are these rights that Thomas Jefferson very eloquently embraced and translated for all to see; 

“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 Law and Natural Rights, the foundations of our Constitutional Republic. They are the philosophies that shaped the minds of those who created the underpinning of our Nation. They were crafted from the philosophical writings of many, but Locke, Blackstone and Hobbes were major modern influencers of the times… As with many, the Bible was as well.  What do these terms truly refer to?

Natural law is the idea that there are certain moral truths that apply to all people, regardless of where they live or agreements they have made. Locke emphasized the right to life, liberty, and property, but was primarily making a point about the duties we have toward other people: duties not to kill, enslave, or steal. He thought natural law could be known apart from special revelation, seeing no contradiction in God playing a part in the argument, so long as the relevant aspects of God’s character could be discovered by human reason alone.

In Locke’s theory, divine law and natural law are consistent and can overlap in content, but they are not coextensive. Simply stated; the church cannot supersede natural law, but it can coexist with it.

Natural Rights are those things with which we are born with; a right to life. A right to choices. A right to associate with whom we choose. A right to acquire property or possessions. And a right to defend it all from those who seek to usurp them. They are simplistic in nature. They are the basics of what we as humans are entitled to, no matter who or how we believe they were bestowed. 

Natural rights are things that can be self-centered and possessive in nature. Natural laws are what makes them work for a collective of people. Applying both the law and the rights while believing in them equally, allows us to live together with liberty and free from the over-restrictive laws of man.

We the People have focused so much upon our “natural rights” that we have forgotten about the natural laws that uphold them. We have become self-centered and self-serving. Many have stomped upon the natural rights of others, to claim their own version of natural rights. They have corrupted the values and morals our country was built upon, for that of a more hedonistic view; that is wholly inadequate to our form of government. 

As I have stated above, We the People need not look any further than our Framers and Founders for guidance. We have never needed to look any further than the words of those who created the greatest Republic known to man. A Republic that is based upon mutual respect for our natural rights and laws.

Many of our forefathers were religious men. Some, were followers of the tenets of Christ and some were believers in their own works. No matter who they were. No matter how they believed. They all understood the need for the People (both citizens and servants alike) to maintain a moral code of ethics, based upon natural law. When the people fail the system, the system is destined to fail.

I will leave you with these last parting thoughts and a couple of quotes from the grave… Take away what you will from my perspective today, but remember; I am an imperfect man, living in an imperfect world… seeking a perfect Christ and the truth. My beliefs are mine. The relationship I share with my Christ is as real as any I have ever experienced, but it is mine and for me alone. I encourage everyone to find your own relationship with Him.

It may not be your cup of tea… and that is fair enough. Although we all must be mutual respecters of natural laws, if we are to ever live with the liberty and freedom our Founders intended for us to maintain.

Have a great day and remember… just think about it and never stop seeking the truth as it is.

#blackcoffeeperspectives #patrioticselfreflections

Patrick James

“No People will tamely surrender their liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused, and virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant and debauched in their manners, they will sink under their own weight without the aid of foreign Invaders.” ~  letter from Samuel Adams to James Warren on 4 Nov. 1775

“That in the state of nature everyone has the executive power of the law of nature, I doubt not but it will be objected, that it is unreasonable for men to be judges in their own cases, that self-love will make men partial to themselves and their friends; and on the other side, that ill nature, passion and revenge will carry them too far in punishing others… I easily grant, that civil government is the proper remedy for the inconveniences of the state of nature” ~ John Locke (Second Treatise on Civil Government)

                                          

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