Happy Birthday Columbia, IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
During this weekend in which we celebrate our nation’s heritage and its birth as an independent Republic, it is necessary to reiterate our true source of freedom. It is something that a true understanding of is more need now than ever before.
Our nation was founded on the principles of God given freedoms. It was founded on the fact that God himself guarantees us these inalienable rights and they can never be taken from us by man. Even if those men and women believe that they know better than we do, and for that matter, better than the Founding Fathers of this Republic, the greatest nation on God’s green earth.
The Constitution does not give us the rights we enjoy. Our constitution guarantees our rights as given to us by God himself. Not from the writers of the constitution. Natural Law was used as a component in United States Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.
Lex Naturalis or Natural law or the law of nature is a theory that puts forth the existence of a law that is set by nature and that therefore has validity everywhere. Natural law is often and can be opposed to the positive law, the man-made laws of a society, or nation, and can be a standard with which to criticize those laws.
Natural law theories have had a huge influence on the development of English common law, and therefore were also important influences in the philosophies of
Thomas Aquinas (Italian Roman Catholic Dominican Priest 1225-1274),
Francisco Suárez (Spanish Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest 1548-1617),
Richard Hooker (English Theologian 1554- 1600),
Thomas Hobbes (English philosopher 1588 –1679, His 1651 book Leviathan established the foundation for most of Western political philosophy),
Hugo Grotius (Dutch Republic Jurist 1583 –1645, he laid the foundations for international law, based on natural law),
Samuel von Pufendorf (German Jurist 1632 – 1694 Please look him up and read his writings),
John Locke (English Physician and Philosopher 1632 – 1704, one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers, his contributions to classical republicanism and liberal theory are reflected in the American Declaration of Independence.)
Emmerich de Vattel (Swiss philosopher, diplomat, and legal expert 1714 –1767) his theories laid the foundation of modern international law and political philosophy.
This argument is used most often used in regards to the right of self defense and the 2nd Amendment. The right of self defense is the most basic right in all of nature. Regardless of whether or not the government “allows” oneself to carry arms, it is basic human and natural instinct to defend life, liberty and property. Go hiking in the mountains and encroach upon a mother bear and her cubs. She will perform for you the basic law of self protection without waiting to ask.
When those in the media or government tell you we no longer have need or right to keep and bear arms because society has now reached a state making it unnecessary, think of the mother bear. And it is not only in the mountains where you can meet with the barbarism of nature. Right in our sophisticated urban areas, and in small quiet townships, you can meet nature at its absolute most barbaric.
Natural Law is what the Constitution of The United States guarantees to you. Remember this when you vote. Remember it when speaking to liberals who think that we 2nd Amendment believers are cavemen. Remind them that an unarmed person is a peasant and an armed person is a citizen. The 2nd amendment is the guarantor of all the other rights in our land. Protect it.
We must preserve our gift of freedom today and every day. Fight those that seek to take our freedoms away from us. And they are trying and succeeding, inch by inch. They keep us divided by side issues. How many of you non gun owners or non hunters have said, “I don’t care about gun issues because I don’t like guns”? That’s not quite the point now is it?
Let’s ask it this way, how many of you agree with the following statements?
“Enjoyment of the rights and freedoms of citizens must not be to the detriment of the interests of society or the state.”
“Citizens…have the right to work, that is, are guaranteed the right to employment and payment for their work in accordance with its quantity and quality. The right to work is ensured…the elimination of the possibility of economic crises, and the abolition of unemployment.”
Citizens …have the right to maintenance in old age and also in case of sickness or loss of capacity to work. This right is ensured…at state expense, free medical service for the working people and the provision of a wide network of health resorts for the use of the working people.
Citizens…have the right to education. This right is ensured by universal, compulsory elementary education; by education, including higher education, being free of charge…
The citizens…are guaranteed by law:
freedom of speech; freedom of the press; freedom of assembly, including the holding of mass meetings; freedom of street processions and demonstrations. These civil rights are ensured…”
A show of hands, how many of you agree with these words which were included in the nations Constitution. If you raised your hands in agreement, please keep yourself after class and learn your Constitution. These are not from our Constitution; they are from the 1936 CONSTITUTION OF THE USSR!
Please, please, please, engage yourselves in this fight for our freedoms and rights before it is too late. The current administration is counting the fact that we are complacent and disengaged. They are counting on us to be preoccupied with oil spills and Blago and that we are not watching every move by the current occupiers of DC and their stealing our lives, fortunes and futures.
Thomas Jefferson understood that “a free people claim their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.” He believed freedom was a right, not a privilege granted by a king, a parliament, a legislature or a Congress or Supreme Court.
The Declaration of Independence calls upon the people to exercise the unique ability and duty to revolt if and when liberties are seized by government. As Jefferson once asked, “What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?”
Jefferson also said, “Most bad government has grown out of too much government.” For 234 years these words have been fought and died for, “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, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Thank our Father in Heaven for the life of Thomas Jefferson and thank Jefferson and his fellow Founders for giving us the Declaration and Constitution. We all wish a Happy Birthday to our beloved Columbia, The United States of America.
Picture Credit: “Be Patriotic” poster by Paul Stahr, ca. 1917-18 Columbia personified. Columbia is a poetic name for the Americas and the feminine personification of the United States of America.
Columbia is a New Latin toponym, combining a stem Columb- based on the surname of the explorer Christopher Columbus and an ending -ia, common in Latin names of countries (e.g. Britannia “Britain”, Gallia “Gaul”). The meaning is therefore “Land of Columbus.” (Wikipedia credit)