Original Post – 3/4/2015
In the United States, we have the right to vote, keep and bear arms, peaceably assemble and petition the government, freedom of religious expression, freedom of speech, and several others included in the Bill of Rights/Constitutional amendments.
I challenge you to consider, are these rights given to us by the government (man)? Are they granted to us by the Constitution? I know I’m not alone in thinking that the answer is an emphatic “NO”, but rather many of these rights exist whether there is a Constitution or not. No, the Constitution codifies our rights; guarantees them and protects them from the government.
Certain rights are known as “natural” rights. These rights are not always absolute and unlimited. While we do have the right to free speech, we are subject to the consequences of words we utter. If you yell “FIRE!” in a crowded theater where no fire exists, you are inciting hysteria/disturbing the peace and will probably find yourself in jail with a longshot of finding a lawyer who can successfully get you exonerated, short of proving you are incompetent to stand trial. Continue reading