The U.S. was formed to secure the unalienable rights of its citizens – as stated in the Declaration of Independence – nothing more and nothing less. The Constitution with the Bill of Rights and its further Amendments mapped out some fundamental rights and their protection from government interference. bestandnews So what should Americans be aware of to maintain their liberty?
Our founding fathers understood the tyrannical laws and procedures that England had imposed on them to maintain its colonial profits above concern for the colonials Rights of Englishmen. The Declaration of Independence outlined the frustrations colonists faced dealing with England’s poor treatment of them and its unresponsiveness to their pleas.
So when founding our government, the fathers knew that bad laws – pushed by special interest groups – would occasionally be passed, because as Jefferson stated, “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government) those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny”.
*Prevent government’s interference with (or undermining of) the rights of individuals:
It’s our unalienable rights – also called fundamental rights – that are all important. Such rights are individual rights since they pertain to every individual. mybestinsight These include the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as mentioned in the Declaration of Independence.
Later clarifications of individual rights by the U.S, Supreme Court case law included your right to own property, to parent your children, to choose any lawful career, and more. They explicitly restrict government’s interference in your life. These rights necessarily included the right to a legal process to secure – and ensure – protection of your rights. Any law or process that interferes with your individual rights undermines your rightful liberty.
Thomas Jefferson stated, “rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within the limits drawn around the equal rights of others. brightlinemedia I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”
*Government Actions that violate rights of individuals:
The actions that government imposes on people that violate their individual rights can generally be categorized as:
- Bad law
- Phony rights
- Greater good excuse laws
All categories represent bad law, but I’ll allocate bad law specifically to laws the are vague, severe, and lack of ‘fair’ due process.Vague law is wrong because it criminalizes people when it’s not clear just what the law means. Severe law imposes punishment far beyond the crime committed – as judged by ‘a reasonable person’.
Lack of due process violates the ‘protection’ right that government owes all of its citizens – to secure their rights unless one’s clearly proved guilty of some appropriate offense. websitereviewer So important is the right to a fair trial (i.e. due process), that Jefferson said, “It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law, than that he should escape.” That’s because without the forms of law (i.e. due process), innocent men will surely be punished. Phony rights are benefits that the government promises to people. They’re often called ‘entitlements’. I use phony because they’re not unalienable rights and their use of ‘right’ besmirches the importance of our unalienable rights.