The Human Birthright

Often, I seek wisdom in the words of our founding fathers.  The words of men like Thomas Jefferson loom large in my world outlook.  That isn’t to say that Thomas Paine or Henry David Thoreau are not highly prized thinkers, as I often look to men such as them as well.

Yesterday I was having a discussion with a person from the UK regarding the encroaching Islamic influence in their nation, and tried to provide my own insight.  As usual, when discussing matters of liberty, I referenced the “Great Ones”:  Our founding fathers.  In this case, Thomas Jefferson in particular.
“The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.” —Thomas Jefferson

Freedom and liberty are given to you by the same Creator that put you here. It is the natural state of how He expects us to live. Anyone who chooses to stifle your freedom or liberty is seeking to work against the natural order of things as determined by the Grand Architect. If I were Christian, I would say it is the devils work.

But “evil” does lurk in the hearts of men. We seek to subjugate each other, to hoard whatever we prize, and control our fellow man to make them meet our own personal tastes. Whatever it is that motivates various people to seek a control over people and situations.

“It behoves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.” —Thomas Jefferson

So to stand and face this….this is the duty of each and every human who desires to see this natural born right to freedom go unhindered to stand in the face of tyranny and oppression. Liberty is a prize that must be guarded jealously, or it will slip away.

And you cannot just guard it as it pertains to you and yours. You must guard it for others, too. If at any time tyranny is allowed to go untested, it threatens all men. It is the basis of that famous Voltaire quote of “I disagree with what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.” We must be smart enough, insightful enough to put personal differences aside when such lofty principles are at stake.

“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty.” —Thomas Jefferson

I am ashamed to say that I come from a time and place where liberty is tossed aside like all other unvalued, disposable items. The timidity of man, or possibly just the apathy of man, is a sad and pitiful phenomenon.

Whether you are a religious person or not, the truth of the following rings true:

“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” —Thomas Jefferson

It is exactly what I state above: that our natural state is intended to be free. Anything that contradicts that freedom is an abberation and must be confronted.  It is sad to see what once was so promising, this notion of a human birthright endowed upon us by our Creator, become so tattered and devalued.

The revolutions in the Middle East are promising.  Seeing it spread into Africa is even more promising.  Of course China is still crushing uprising mercilessly, and controlling much of the information.  But the point is, other people still see the value of dying for this silly notion of liberty.

It is time for The People of America to once again get this fire lit in their own hearts, and demand the same.  Remove the tarnish and restore some brightness to our nation as a beacon of liberty.  It isn’t something we should ask for…it is the human birthright to be free.


One Response to “The Human Birthright”

  1. Thank you! This is inspiring and very well-written. We’re with you!

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