Chapter 2 – Equal and Unalienable Rights

Greetings my Fellow Americans!

As we continue this journey together into the Principles of Liberty upon which America is based (as asserted in The 5000-Year Leap), we’ve come to the next block of these which sits upon the foundation of God and religion which we uncovered previously:

  1. All Men are created equal.
  2. The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, NOT provide equal things.
  3. Men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.
  4. To protect Man’s rights, God has revealed certain principles of divine law.

With the centrality of individual faith (God) and self-discipline (religion) in mind, combined with the plethora of noise from today’s politicians and media about “rights” and “systemic” issues based on separatism (the latter being the real agenda of our enemies), let’s explore what our Founders truly intended 250 years ago, and how these still apply today once better understood.

First and foremost, equality to our Founders meant equal treatment of all people in three basic ways—”in the sight of God, in the sight of the Law, and in the protection of their rights.” – The 5000-Year Leap, p. 103.  What is key to this simple statement is the inherent yet unstated respect for the individual differences between people, recognizing and accepting the natural and beautiful state that no two people are exactly alike.  And government can and must exist to protect this basic equality, but cannot possibly take on more without becoming larger, more burdensome and more intrusive in the day-to-day lives of the individuals in the society it was constituted to serve.

Treatment of minorities has been a top-of-mind concern in America since its founding, because it has been an issue in all human societies worldwide and throughout history.  Those who come from “outside” have always had to earn their way to the “inside” of any society or culture they wish to join; this phenomenon is by no means unique to America.  America, however, has historically come the closest to shortening, if not completely eliminating, the pain of crossing the “culture gap” which EVERYONE who has emigrated here has endured.  America was known as the great “melting pot” for a very long time for this reason, as our ability to bring those of many different backgrounds together was unprecedented in human history.

I will leave the exploitation of this reality of human organizations and societies for personal and political gain for others to scrutinize for now, and will only state that America is also not unique in this regard.  For the purposes of our renewal of America it serves to remind us just how extraordinary America has been in the history of civilization toward truly eliminating the divisiveness rooted in cultural and ethnic differences.

Which brings us to the next facet of equality in America:  opportunity versus outcomes.  I know volumes have been written and spoken about this, especially in the last 60 years or so, but I think it’s important to again recognize that this is by no means a new argument in human history.  18th-Century Europe was grappling with this very notion of “equity” over “equality,” and our Founders deliberately strove to ensure that America would not repeat the mistakes of this they had witnessed in their home countries.  As with treatment of minorities, they had a deep concern for the treatment of the poor and destitute, but their approach to how to truly help these people is in stark contrast to where we find ourselves today.

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” – Origin Uncertain

As with just about every Principle of Liberty at the heart of America, this philosophy is quite simple, but not easy.  I’ll leave the preaching of the good and evil of compassion to your favorite mentor on faith and accountability, but the orientation of care here is important to the American way of being:  is the aid truly about helping someone permanently change their situation and lot in life, or is it about temporarily assuaging one’s personal guilt with no regard for the long-term consequences to the other?  I will leave this here for further ponderance.

As regards government in America, it was clear that the Founders intended for the national government to have no role in the local affairs of the people.  They knew it would be impossible for someone far removed from the day-to-day lives of individuals to know how best to help those individuals, and to suggest otherwise would only result in an abusive and over-aggressive government (hmm).  They further ascribed to the scale of “fixed responsibility:” individual, then family, church, community, county, and (only in disaster or emergency) state.  Any and all public welfare activities by the national government of America has no legal backing under our Constitution as written.

So what makes a right “unalienable?”  Belief in a Creator/God is indispensable here, as it is presumed that those who forcibly take an unalienable right away from someone will be subject to God’s justice, as unalienable rights are rooted in Divine Law governing good and evil.  In other words, no rights can be unalienable to people who do not believe in a Creator.  And without unalienable rights there is no America.

As a corollary to unalienable rights comes unalienable duties, namely self-discipline and morality.  Self-discipline being largely private in nature, it is again premised on the belief in a Creator (God) to whom one will be held accountable at the end of his life.  Morality as a public manifestation of self-discipline becomes a social compact between members of a neighborhood or society, but can also be enforced by the state via human laws.

As self-discipline disintegrates due to a lack of belief in this ultimate accountability, the need for more human laws to codify socially acceptable behavior, and the need for more government to legislate and enforce these laws.  Furthermore, what is deemed “socially acceptable” becomes arbitrarily based on what those doing the legislating and enforcing consider as such.  I hope it’s becoming clear how quickly a civilization can devolve once the underpinnings of divine law and accountability are removed from the human experience.  This certainly was to our Founders.

I realize that much of what I’ve written in this piece and in this series overall so far may seem obvious to the average AFNN reader, but what I think we need to recognize and grapple with is how little an increasing number of people within our own borders (including many who have been born here) know about the true and practical origins of America.  As we lose knowledge of ourselves and who we are as humans we are losing the divine inspiration that is America.  We need numbers if we’re going to truly renew that America, and education (of ourselves and others) into the depth of these principles is going to be key to that renewal.  Thank you for staying with me as we continue this journey

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5 thoughts on “Chapter 2 – Equal and Unalienable Rights”

  1. It’s interesting, as our beloved USofA becomes more and more secular, the founding principles seem to become less and rest relevant to the masses. Speaking on this to some brothers lately in my men’s group and some other friends, they’re not optimistic about the great SCOTUS rulings in the last week or so, many think it’s going to be for naught. To put it another way, is our country too far gone?
    I pray there is revival and restoration of our our Judeo-Christian Representative Republic.
    The codification of evil, and the news in the last year or two indicates we’re not in a good place.
    The planned invasion of our country by people who hold none of our values and bring nothing to the table is exasperating this, and it’s on purpose
    🙏🇺🇸

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  2. If you just keep giving people fish, they don’t learn, except to expect more fish. Civilization always fails when it doesn’t learn to fish. I’ll go with the origin of that sentence as Genesis, and then every other lesson in the Bible. But Genesis, in the beginning. It’s a story of man’s fallibility and the need to be taught to learn how to live in God’s vision.
    Sometimes, I think I have that lesson down pat, and then something happens that makes me go and re-learn it. I’m a man and a sinner.

    There was something happening to me, when my good friend and priest suggested I teach the Ten Commandments to the third grade kids in our church, years ago. I think it was a lesson that I learned myself, only to re-discover, many years later, and it was by my honest attempt at teaching someone else that I learned it. Jesus was in every part of that. At the time, I had no clue that was the lesson my priest gave me. Looking back, that was a great gift he gave me. Thank you, Pat, wherever you are.

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