by Shorty Dawkins, Associate Editor
I ask because there seems to be a big misunderstanding of a word found in the Declaration of Independence. That word is: Unalienable, as in Unalienable Rights. Here is a dictionary definition of Unalienable:
unalienable – Inalienable and unalienable are interchangeable for “unable to be taken away from or given away by the possessor.”
Does Unalienable have a meaning? Yes. When Thomas Jefferson wrote these immortal words into the Declaration of Independence, “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.”, those words had meaning. They still do.
Rights, being granted by our Creator, not a Government, are “unable to be taken away from or given away by the possessor”. They are inherent in our being.
Did our Founding Fathers mean that we have certain Rights “except for” particular situations? Obviously not. Why use the word Unalienable if that was their intent?
The Constitution contains, in the Bill of Rights, a listing of some of the Rights alluded to in the Declaration. Together, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence constitute the Supreme Law of our Nation. The Rights delineated within them are Unalienable, or, “unable to be taken away from or given away by the possessor”.
Today we see many infringements on the Rights enumerated in our Founding Documents. Unreasonable and Unconstitutional searches are carried out daily by police at the Federal, State and Municipal levels. The Second Amendment Rights have been infringed upon by numerous Federal, State and Municipal Laws. More infringements are being attempted at all levels of government. Freedom of Speech is limited by Authorities in the use of Free Speech Zones. The Right of Assembly has been attacked in recent years by baton wielding police. The Right to a Jury Trial is negated by the Patriot Act, and the NDAA provisions go further by declaring the President can act as judge, jury and executioner with no recourse for potential victims.
All of our Rights are being attacked. Why do we, as free people accept it? Why are the streets not full of protestors demanding an end to these incremental steps at unconstitutionally limiting our Creator given Rights? Many millions of men have died or suffered grievous wounds defending those Rights. Are we so complacent, as we sit in front of the TV watching our favorite shows, or taking our vacations, that we will sit idly by while the hammer of tyranny is pounded down on us?
I would like you to think about another word: Expediency
1. appropriateness; suitability
2. the use of or inclination towards methods that are advantageous rather than fair or just
3. another word for expedient
Take a good hard look at #2. Incrementalism works because of expediency. Freedom is difficult. Defending your Creator given Rights takes effort and constant vigilance. There are always those who seek to control others. They seek power. They understand apathy and complacency and use them to their advantage. They understand the power of words. Words mean one thing to them, the means to power and control. They fudge the meanings of words, or use words that we believe in but are meaningless to them. They are aware that most people judge people by their words, not their actions. Being apathetic and complacent, they don’t take the time to study actions, caring only for the glorious sounding words. Words such as freedom, Rights, unalienable, Constitution, Republic, and more, have particular meanings. Yes, words have meaning. So do actions. You can merely mouth wondrous words, or you can take actions. Which will it be for you?
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