This blog made me reaffirm to myself where I stand.
I am a citizen of these united States. As such, I am endowed with inalienable rights by my creator , not by any government. The Declaration of Independence asserts this, and the Constitution enumerates some of those rights and establishes a form of government to defend and protect my free exercise of those rights. The government does not have the authority to convert any of my given rights into "approved" privileges, to be duly licensed. Those rights come from my creator, not from anyone in the judicial, legislative, or, especially, the executive branches of our established government, and are upheld by my creator, not by nine men in black robes.
I have the right to choose to worship God as I understand him. If I choose to worship as a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), I have that right.
I have the right to free speech. If I choose to voice my opinion on any subject, I have that right. I have the right to protest against the excesses and actions of my government. I should not have to curtail my speech for fear of retaliation from the above-said government.
I have the right to self-defense. If I or mine are threatened by anyone or anything, up to and including my government, I have the right to establish a defense.
I have the right to privacy. What I think, say, write, or own is none of the government's business.
And finally: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor
prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively,
or to the people.
No one can take away my rights. They were given to me at birth, by God. I will not voluntarily relinquish them. They are mine.
This is where I stand.
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