Renewing the American Spirit

Patriot Week begins on 9/11 and ends on 9/17 (the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution (Constitution Day)) and renews America’s spirit by celebrating the First Principles, Founding Fathers and other Patriots, vital documents and speeches, and flags that make America the greatest nation in world history. Many of current holidays have become overly commercialized or have lost their deeper meaning. We need to invigorate our appreciation and understanding of America’s spirit. This blog is dedicated to keeping the spirit of Patriot Week - and America - alive all year long.....

Saturday, February 16, 2013

God Given Rights - But for Us to Protect

President Barack Obama echoed the Declaration of Independence at the State of the Union Address earlier this week when he stated, "Defending our freedom, though is not the just the job of our military alone.  We must all do our part to make sure our God-given rights are protected here at home." 

This is a particularly American sentiment in more than one way.  First, our rights are "God-given."  This is something almost forgotten in today's political discourse.  The Declaration of Independence refers to our rights as being "endowed by the Creator" and that they are unalienable.  This First Principle of unalienable rights must form the core of our understanding of rights - not a sideshow.  Most people live in countries where the government rejects the idea of unalienable rights - they live where the government bestows the rights.  Well, then they are not rights at all, but privileges, subject to the whims of the master.  Not in America.  Not yet.

Second, "We must all do our part" to protect those rights.  In most countries, the government has the responsibility to protect privileges.  Here in the People have the responsibility.  That is why we cherish the rights of free speech, free press, the right to assemble, the right to petition, and right to vote.  We must keep this freedom.  Depending on the government to do it for you will ensure you lose it.  

In our sharply divided country, many passionately disagree with President Obama on many issues.  Hopefully we can all unite on these precious advice.

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