Do “We hold these truths to be … ” ?

Why … We the People … should vote!

By  W J Anthony

The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence says, “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 these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Then the paragraph continues,  “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Did you ever wonder about those “certain unalienable Rightsthat are not mentioned but areamong these unalienable Rights”?   Do they include the following?

The right to be born

The right to breathe

The right to sneeze

The right to cough

The right to food

The right to shelter

The right to clothing

The right to eat

The right to love

The right to like

The right to accept

The right to refuse

The right of a man to be a man

The right of a woman to be a woman

The right of a woman to give birth

The right of a child to be born and pursue happiness

The right to father or mother a child and care for the child so that it can care for itself

The right to seek the truth

The right to speak the truth

The right to learn

The right to know

The right to think

The right to imagine

The right to remember

The right to wonder

The right to doubt

The right to believe

The right to talk

The right to agree

The right to disagree

The right to speak the truth

The right to hold an opinion

The right to fear

The right to pray

The right to forgive

The right to help

The right to ask

The right to listen

The right to warn

The right to try

The right to quit

The right to sleep

The right to relax

The right to work

The right to walk

The right to bathe

The right to taste

The right to touch

The right to smell

The right to feel

The right to hear

The right to smile

The right to frown

The right to share

The right to trust

The right to run

It may seem strange at first, but those are unalienable rights from our Creator.  Are there others?

Remember that the second paragraph states “To secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men.”

If you are a member of Congress or the President or a member of the Administration of Government or a member of a court of law or a member of a jury, the second paragraph of the Declaration tells that you should understand that your job description requires you to secure these unalienable Rights of the people of the United States that you have sworn to serve.

If you are a citizen, you have the obligation to realize that Government derives “its just powers from the consent of the governed” which includes you, because the laws and powers of Government govern you.  Remember when political candidates ask you to give them your vote, you are being asked by those candidates to give your consent to them to use just powers only.  That is the ONLY way by which elected office holders obtain the authority to use the powers of the office to which they were elected.

If an elected office holder – such as any elected member of Government, a President or a member of Congress or an elected official of State Government – violates the law or powers of the office he or she holds, then you have the authority to remove that official by demanding that your Congress or legislature impeach that office holder for violating your unalienable Rights as a citizen and by not voting for that person again.

This is your role as a citizen; your consent is what gives any Government its just powers.  Elected and appointed office holders at any level of Government have the authority to serve the people who are governed according to their legal authority.

We the People have instituted Government at various levels of authority to secure our unalienable Rights by “laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

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