Thoughts for today, #328 .… “Where do they REALLY come from?”!!


~~February 4, 2016~~ 


The key point in the information included below is that these definitions are asserted by conservatives and libertarians.

This statement is far too absolute and completely assigns that all rights come from God.

What say you?


The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America.

The Constitution, originally comprising seven articles, delineates the national frame of government.

Its first three articles entrench the doctrine of the separation of powers, whereby the federal government is divided into three branches: the legislative, consisting of the bicameral Congress; the executive, consisting of the President; and the judicial, consisting of the Supreme Court and other federal courts.

Articles Four, Five and Six entrench concepts of federalism, describing the rights and responsibilities of state governments and of the states in relationship to the federal government. Article Seven establishes the procedure subsequently used by the thirteen States to ratify it.

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This question is central to all political philosophy.

How you answer it will affect nearly all your political beliefs.

Until a few hundred years ago, most political philosophers believed that rights were natural, inalienable, God-given and self-evident. Today, most philosophers agree that rights are social constructs, open to change. Conservatives and libertarians tend to favor the idea of natural rights; liberals the idea of social constructs.

Let’s define rights, as asserted by many conservatives and libertarians

Natural Rights

These are rights that are supposedly universal in scope and binding on human behavior, much like the physical laws of nature. One of the most famous expositions of this belief came from the 17th century philosopher John Locke. According to Locke, natural rights were those rights enjoyed by prehistoric humans in their original “state of nature,” before humans began forming complex societies. This was an idyllic world of freedom, equality and consideration of other people’s rights.

Inalienable Rights

These are rights that cannot be taken away. In other words, individuals intrinsically possess rights, and no one else can alienate or revoke them. Attorney General Ramsey Clark once defined inalienable rights this way: “A right is not what someone gives you; it’s what no one can take from you.”

God-Given Rights

These are rights that originate from God.

Self-Evident Rights

These are rights that are supposedly so obvious that their nature and origin do not need to be defended by analysis. In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson declared that “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 them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Even if true, these claims are extremely difficult to prove with logic and evidence, so Jefferson sidestepped this swamp by simply claiming these rights were self-evident.

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