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Declaring the intent of America’s Founding Fathers

Natural rights

The Declaration of Independence declares that “the laws of Nature and Nature’s God” are the source of man’s rights. The natural rights listed and protected by the Bill of Rights existed before government, and in no way depend on government for their existence. The U.S. Supreme Court has declared this fact. These are known as absolute rights. Absolute rights belong to us due to the nature of our existence, are “unalienable” and “self-evident.”

America was founded as a republic — a “nation of laws.” In a republic the government is formed by — and constrained by — laws. But America has decayed into a democracy in which voters pass any law they please, and government is virtually unlimited in its ability to make laws, interpret the laws, and apply the laws with increasing force.

An individual must know his or her RIGHTS, understand that they are absolute rights not subject to government, and these rights must be forcefully claimed and exercised.