Answer this, men: when was the last time you reviewed the United States Declaration of Independence, Constitution or Bill of Rights? High school, maybe? Can you even recall the last time you gave serious thought to your individual liberties, as defined and protected by this nation’s foundational documents?
Now, unless you’ve closed yourself off to all forms of media, I’m sure you have at least been exposed to discussions about topics like free speech and the right to bear arms (guns). These are, after all, the mainstream media’s favorite platforms for sowing divisiveness and racial hatred among the populace.
But do you even know what it really means to exercise these, or any other, rights? And, do you believe the Constitution gives you rights and liberties, rather than protects them? I mean, the media always says we have these freedoms because some men wrote it down a few hundred years ago. And just as often, pundits turn around and ask whether or not the Constitution is even relevant today.
Given, if you live in America, your entire livelihood and personal freedoms hang on the words written down, and ratified, a few centuries ago; perhaps it’s time to take a closer look at these documents. More importantly, it’s time you understand what they actually do for you, as a man in America.
The Declaration of Independence established America as an independent nation, separate from British control. The United States Constitution established a formal government and the “law of the land,” and consists of 27 amendments. The Bill of Rights is the common name given to the first 10 amendments made to the original Constitution. These amendments were made in order to delineate the “unalienable rights” first referred to in the Constitution, which only directly mentions “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” In order to preserve these unalienable rights, specific prohibitions on government power were established.
If that didn’t sink in, read the last paragraph again. Did you catch it that time? The Constitution and Bill of Rights do not create or bestow individual rights. Instead, they define what the government can and cannot do in order to guarantee and protect a man’s already existing rights.
This is a critical differentiation in position, but you will never learn it by listening to the existing debates presented by mainstream media. What you are subtly told is how this amendment or that amendment gives us the right to do so and so. The difference may appear insignificant, but it is one of the many subtle ways modern governmental bodies are waging war on its own people.
If you are lead to believe that the U.S. government itself (originally created and defined by the Constitution) is the benefactor of your individual freedoms, then the conversation changes completely.
Instead of a debate about infringement or protection of your rights, the debate becomes whether or not you have that right at all, as decided by the government.
This is what we see happening now with ongoing commentary around gun control, stealth and forcible seizure of personal data from cell phones, defining acts or speech as “hate” in order to use anti-discrimination laws to regulate activities, government-mandated health insurance, cronyism, nepotism, etc.
The founding fathers of the United States of America were true men of honor and integrity. Banding together to stand against a tyrannical government—putting their very lives on the line for the good of the people they were responsible for—these men carried out one of the most courageous and impactful series of acts ever recorded in history.
Your responsibility, as a man in this modern world, is to uphold that which is “self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” Failure to do so is tantamount to failure as a man.
The Bill of Rights
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
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.