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The wonderful Declaration of Independence is still in effect today. It has not passed away, no matter that it is over two centuries old. The fundamentals are still strong and solid, even though they are ignored on a regular basis by our leaders. But, that’s another post altogether.

The Declaration of Independence (DoI) is the “why” of America. It defines us, as a nation. Nothing that comes after can contradict it. If the country were a corporation, this would be the mission statement. The Constitution is the “how.” For a corporation, that would be the by-laws. As with a corporation, the by-laws cannot contradict the mission statement. Thus, the Constitution could not contradict the Declaration…and neither may any lower laws.

Has this always been followed to a “T”? Nope. But, it has been followed much more closely than it is today. In fact, starting with Woodrow Wilson (can’t STAND that guy!!), the elites and leaders of the country encouraged people to not even read the entire first part of the DoI, you know, the part that defines where rights come from? Yeah, that part.

Anyway, in the DoI asserts that “all men are created equal…”

So, what did the author and signers of this document mean by “equal”? Did they mean everyone should have the same amount of stuff? Did they mean that everyone has the same attributes, must be seen as equally talented or beautiful, or that they should all have the same likes or dislikes? Let’s read just a bit more.

“…that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…” AHA! A clue! These are rights they are talking about, not stuff. Well, what kind of rights do they discuss? Oh, the suspense!!

“that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Egad, they don’t even mention jobs and houses, do they? Huh. Well, how can everyone be EQUAL if they don’t have the same things, look the same, believe all the same things, live the same way, etc.?

They are equal in the application of laws and freedom to exercise rights. No matter if you are famous, poor, rich, a politician, a lawyer…anyone and everyone…has the right to live. Unless a person has committed a crime, and been found guilty through due process in a court of justice, and that is bad enough to warrant the death penalty, no one can legally kill you. Period. THAT is equality.

No matter how in debt you are, how poor you are, or who rich you are; no matter the color of your skin; and no matter what your religion is, no one can keep you captive, unless you have committed a crime worthy of imprisonment, and only then can it be done by the governing body, never an individual. THAT is equality.

If you have enough money to buy a thing, that is your thing. You have the right to own it, and no one can take it from you, legally. Used to be that the lowest classes had no right to private property ownership. In this country, they made sure to lay into the very foundations of the nation the natural rights that we have been given by our Creator, and in this way, safeguard them from other humans thinking they can just take what is yours.

If you are born poor in this country, and you work hard (and work smart), you can become as rich and influential as you please. Before this country was founded, only those born to money had any hope of ever having a life of leisure. Only those born into certain families had a chance of being able to study what they pleased, unless they had the outstanding fortune of being taken in by a noblewoman who wished to help a poor soul. If every noblewoman did this, that would have been admirable, but there were so many more of the “common folk” that there was no hope for just about everyone else.

THIS is what our DoI is making clear: we are all equal in our Creator’s sight, we have all been given equal rights. There is no hyphen. The Creator did not give women’s rights, minority rights, or any other broken label. He gave EQUAL rights, and the color of your skin, your gender, your bank account balance, and your ethnicity is of no consequences. That’s why the statue of Justice is blindfolded: justice is to be blind, and therefore applied equally.

To do otherwise is to reject the concept of equal rights, and instead institute preferred or lesser classes in a country that was created to do away with classes altogether.

Know where you stand.

And, buy a copy of my book (link to the right, top of the page) and understand the entire DoI…with cartoons…how cool is that?

Hang on, y’all. We’re about to get “churchy” up in here. I am going to write about sins and whether the original sin is THE original sin, which we are all stuck with as our own sin, or if it’s just the original (meaning first) sin.

It all starts out in the Garden of Eden. We see that Adam and Eve have eaten the forbidden fruit. Then, God comes back to the garden. He knows they’ve sinned, they can’t deny it. He’s, shall we say, less than enthused. There are consequences. Here’s the question:

“Does Adam and Eve’s sin flow down to us, becoming our sin, too? Or are we just at the mercy of the consequences of their sin?”

This is where we have to look at the nature of sins. If a man sins, does his son have to plead for forgiveness to God for his father’s sin, as if he (the son) committed it? Not according to the Bible. Jesus regularly said to people who their sins were forgiven them. Never once did he say, “Thy sins and the sins of thy parents, which are on thy head, are forgiven thee.” Why should the sin of our first parents or any other ancestors be any different?

Do we have to repent for David scheming and murdering to wed Bathsheba? No. Do we have to repent for Solomon taking many wives and concubines and forgetting his God? No. Do we have to repent for Peter denying the Christ three times before the cock crowed? No. Why? They were not our sins. We didn’t choose to commit them…they did. And, He clarifies this in Deuteronomy 24:16:

“The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.”

Thus, we can equally say that Adam’s sin not our sin, but we are at the mercy of the consequences of his choice. We read in Romans, chapter 5, that because of Adam’s choice, sin and death entered the world. Well, that means that we are mortal, and we can each sin. Being mortal and being able to sin does not mean that we are born with one sin already committed. It means we are born into a body that WILL die, and that we are capable of sin.

See, God is big on agency…free will…making choices. If we TRULY don’t know something is a sin, it’s not a sin. We read in John 9:41:

“Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.”

We also see that God gave humans, from the first, free will – meaning, He would give commandments, but they had the capacity to do whatever they wanted – and experience consequences for actions. In Genesis 2: 16-17, we read:

“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

If we, as humans, could not choose our actions (have free will, otherwise known as agency), then their hands would have been stayed from being able to take the fruit even off the tree, and each of our hands would be stayed from committing our sins. However, because they could act as they wished, they chose to disobey the Lord, after buying the lies of the Lucifer. The consequence is that they became mortal (in that day, they would begin their death), and that sin was introduced into the realm of possibility for everyone. There was never any discussion of their children already being born with this sin on their heads, only the real consequences of the first parents’ actions.

For those of you who think I’m full of baloney, here’s what ya do. Ponder this, search the scriptures, have a real desire to know the truth, and read James 1. Then, pray earnestly for the Holy Ghost to testify of the truth of the matter to your heart. Voila! And, have a lovely day. 😀

The other day, I was driving along after having been in town all day, and I ordered pizza online from my iPhone. My daughter, sitting next to me, typed in the info, and VOILÀ!, our order was magically sent to the shop where I would arrive to pick it up shortly. Got that? I am hurtling along the road at 70 mph, we order pizza, and pick it up on the way home where I don’t even have to cook anything and yet we have a feast! People from even 50 years ago would watch this kind of thing on TV and go, “Pssht. That’s ridiculous. This is supposed to be sci-fi, but at least they could make it believable!” Seriously.

Now, I drive a ’96 minivan, and it’s…well…it’s well-loved. You can tell I’ve driven it while my three children have been growing up. It has seen its fair share of chicken nuggets and spilled milk on the carpet, if you catch my drift. It would be easy for me to not be thankful for this huge hunk of metal that catapults our family over miles and miles of road with ease, wishing for a newer vehicle with a body computer that doesn’t randomly lock the doors, and fewer dents. It would be easy for me to say that it’s not “fair” because I “deserve” a better vehicle.

But, I can tell you that the easiest thing in the world is to thank God for this beat up, well loved,  and trusty van. I think of how the pioneers had to travel, and they would smack each of us upside the head if they saw the miracle of modern vehicles and heard us complain that we don’t have a USB port to listen to the music on our iPhones as we drive.

Then, I thought of the bit I saw from Louis CK* on Conan. Very apropos. (*A word of warning…he has a mega potty mouth when not on public TV, but this bit is safe). This really just shows how thankful we ought to be, all day, every day, for the inventions that we enjoy and likely take for granted. The amount of time we save not having to lug our poo away from the house is immense (not to mention how little pestilence we have to deal with!), and should be used helping others around us, in my opinion. Enjoy the video…it’s hilarious!

Louis CK “Everything is Amazing, and Nobody is Happy” on Conan

 

By the way, this is my 100th post!! Celebrate with me by buying one of my books (click the link to the right). 😀

First things first. We must read the text of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution. Simple enough:

Text of the 2nd amendment

 

There has been some confusion about who can infringe on rights and under what circumstances.

 

For example, in the First Amendment, we find that only CONGRESS is prohibited from restricting free speech. That is pretty specific. The decisions on which speech must be restricted are left to the states (see Amendment #10 in the Bill of Rights for clarification). Before you get your panties in a bunch about “free speech,” you must understand what the founders meant by the Congress being restricted, but not the states.

 

Let me ask you this: Do you understand that there are laws against slander and libel? I’m sure you do. You can’t just go around slandering a person’s good name!

 

Who decides what constitutes slander and libel? The state governments do, that’s who. They RESTRICT speech, when the speech consists of lies with intent to harm another with those lies.

 

On the other hand, do you see anyone, specifically, listed that is restricted from infringing on arms ownership? Nope. It just reads, “shall not be infringed.” This means NO ONE is allowed to infringe on the law-abiding citizen’s right to keep and bear arms…not states, not the federal government, not individuals. Law abiding citizens have the RIGHT to keep and bear arms. Period.

 

IF someone uses a gun to commit any crime, then, through due process of law, that right can be removed. That’s how it goes with ANY right! You have the God-given right to liberty, unless, through due process of law, you are sent to jail. Easy peasy and straightforward. You are free unless you commit a crime…then you give up your right to walk around unimpeded. Check.

 

This business of prohibiting gun ownership before ANY crime has been committed goes directly against this principle. For instance, do we have to get permits to speak? Or do we speak, and then pay the consequences if we commit slander? Do we get permits to move about freely in these United States? Or do we get extradited if we commit a crime in one state and have a warrant out for our arrest but are currently in another state? Do we have to get a license to peacefully assemble, aside from permits for using land? Or do we just pay the consequences if we get rowdy and destructive?

 

But, somehow, we’ve even gotten to the point that it’s logical to infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens (even make them take classes and fill out paperwork) instead of just doing a background check (to make sure they are not convicted felons) before carrying concealed. The proposed legislation for outlawing certain types of arms are flowing like the booze at most family gatherings…and will end up causing more of a train wreck.

 

Really? This is what we’re doing as a nation?

 

The plan is to take a FUNDAMENTAL right that was outlined specifically by the founders – the right of self-defense against ANY enemy, to include a tyrannical government – that was given to us by our Creator and flush it down the toilet. Bravo.

 

I won’t even get into the statistics of gun control  leading to more violent crime. I won’t go into how the mass shootings happen in areas with tight gun control already. I won’t go into how the only law that has made ANY positive difference in the amount of violent crime is making concealed carry legal. I won’t go into any of that. It’s about our RIGHTS! Our real, God-given rights.

 

So, are you going to buy into the idiotic rhetoric the gun control advocates are spewing? Or are you going to get informed (start with buying my book by clicking on the picture of it to the right) and arm yourself with the truth (and maybe a .45)? C’mon! We have a country to save!

Here’s the thing about rights: in THIS country, they are given to We The People by our Creator. God has given each individual citizen of this country these rights. AMONG them (meaning there are more than just these) are the right to life, liberty, property, and the PURSUIT of happiness (read: not guaranteed success, here). There is a common misconception that the government gives us our rights. This is a problem because then we get lawmakers (like Sen. Dodd, for instance) saying things like, “So today we stand ready to pass a bill into law that finally makes access to quality health care a right for every American…”

Ooooo, sorry, no. And, in accordance with our Declaration of Independence, he has just declared himself to be our Creator since only that Being can afford us rights. AAAwkwaaard.

Not every country does the “rights” thing like we do. In Russia, they claim that the people have rights (doesn’t say from whom) and that the government is to protect those rights. But, if the people run the government, then the government can give and take away rights, according to their very own words. Not so in America. We have rights, they are given to us by our Creator, and the purpose of government is to protect those rights. Period. They cannot give rights and, more importantly, they cannot take them away.

That’s why the founding documents are written in the negative. It tells what the government CAN’T do to you…the rest is up to you. If you want to be a no-good, lazy, meaner-than-all-get-out kind of person, fine. If you want to be a nice, kind, loving, good-natured, helpful sort, that’s fine, too. You just can’t take away anyone else’s right to be who they have the right to be. For instance, your choice to rob me must stop where my right to private property begins. My right to my stuff trumps your desire to take it because you would be denying me my right and that’s what the government is there to protect. Side note: that’s one of the many, many reasons for the Second Amendment to the Constitution, as well. The government, because it is not your mommy, won’t be right there to hold your hand, tuck you into bed, and it won’t always be on hand to fulfill its duty to protect your rights, so you can use some of your rights to protect your other rights (life, property, etc.).

One truly easy way to decide if the government is pulling a fast one and calling something a right that is not is this: ask yourself if it costs anything. For instance, me being alive costs the government nothing. In fact, I pay them taxes, so the fact that I live could give them money. But that’s beside the point. If I own property, does that cost anyone else and/or the government anything? Nope. If I have health care, does it cost money? YES! Red Alert, Red Alert! This cannot be a right because our Creator didn’t give us the right to health care. This is a service, a privilege, whatever you want to call it…but you CANNOT call it a right. You want to change that? You’ll have to amend the Constitution.

Another way to decide is: can it be guaranteed no matter what the economic state of the country is? I own a weed whacker…bought and paid for. Does it matter what the unemployment rate is? Nope. The government cannot take my weed whacker away…it’s mine. If I am walking around, just living and not committing crimes, can the government kill me or jail me just because the Federal Reserve is monetizing the debt? No, again! However, can the government, if I am on the government health care plan (Medicare, Medicaid, etc.), ration my care because there is no tax revenue because the economic times stink? Yep. Red flag all over again.

FDR wanted a second bill of rights that promised people the freedom from want and freedom from fear. There is a reason that our founders did not write one of these. This changes the scenario of our Creator giving rights, to the government giving rights. If the government is in charge of giving rights, the logical reasoning that follows is that it can also take them away.

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