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The 240th Anniversary of The Declaration of Independence

Posted in Declaration of Independence, Liberty, Politics, Religious Freedom, The Fourth of July, Unalienable Rights with tags , , , , on July 4, 2016 by authorcarloscardoso

Thomas JeffersonIn 1776 we loudly and boldly declared to the world that in the pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness we were leaving the world’s most powerful empire. This action was eloquently expressed by Thomas Jefferson and signed by the members of the Continental Congress. We declared that all men were created equal with certain unalienable rights and when a government ran counter to our pursuit of these rights we claimed the power to dissolve the bonds that connect us. As we approach the 240th anniversary of this momentous event in the history of all Mankind we must take the time to not only reflect on the courage it took to defy the world’s greatest power with firm reliance on Divine Providence to assist us in this quest but the nature of our unalienable rights.

Rights are the foundation of Liberty which leads to the expansion of freedom. Rights as we’ve stated before come from our Creator and therefore are ours to exercise as we choose. Our rights most importantly due to their Divine nature cannot be taken away from us by any government or individual. Rights are much more than just the few Liberties listed in the Bill of Rights in the constitution. The constitution gave a few enumerated powers to the federal government and the rest of the powers were left to the Sovereign States and Individuals. Unfortunately the government has not been bound by the constitution and has grown beyond its powers and has limited our Liberties.

We have the right to free speech, freedom of religion and assembly. We have the right to keep and bear arms without infringement. The right to bear arms is to defend ourselves, our friends and our property but most importantly our right and Liberty against a government that grows tyrannical. Anyone who says that this is outdated or not the intention of the Second Amendment needs to heed the words of Thomas Jefferson. “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” We have the right to privacy in our persons, papers, effects and property. The list of our rights is too long to list because we basically have the right to do anything we want as long as we don’t infringe on the rights of others.

Liberty is self governance, claiming the ability to do as we wish as sovereign individuals with equal rights given to us by our Creator. Basically stating that we claim the right to the Creator’s gift of free will, enabling us to choose how we chose to live. This is the essence and the source of our rights. Liberty then comes with the responsibility that we can do as we wish as long as our actions do not conflict with the liberty of another. It also comes with the responsibility to allow others to choose different paths in their pursuit of happiness even if it contradicts our beliefs. Liberty allows us to choose for ourselves but also makes us responsible to respect the same freedom of choice to our fellow men. Judgment of right or wrong is not our place in this world but is instead left to our Creator to ultimately judge our actions.

Liberty also has one other very important component. We are responsible for the consequences of our actions and or inactions. We are equally free to pursue happiness but are responsible for the outcome. We came into the world with nothing and need to understand that the world owes us nothing. It is up to us to be responsible for making the most of our God given talents, work hard to achieve and earn the life we can. We may be rich, have enough to be considered middle class or be poor, but wherever we end up is up to us and our Creator’s will. Just remember that by embracing our rights we are empowered to directly affect the outcome of our lives and those of our families. The flame of Liberty that has directly led to the miraculous improvement of the Human condition across the world and to the incredible advancements in science, medicine and technology over the past 240 years is remarkable compared to the slow expansion of improvements over the whole history of Mankind.

It is an indisputable testament to the power that is unleashed when Liberty is allowed to flourish. Consider the acceleration of Human evolution if everyone in the world could be freed, able to understand, embrace and practice Liberty. If all of Mankind rose as one and said we will exercise our unalienable rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. What would happen if all of Mankind embraced the responsibility of Liberty? What an incredible world we would be living in if everyone understood our unalienable rights and practiced responsible Liberty. That is the true possibility expressed in The Declaration of Independence, the unleashing of the Human spirit to its fullest potential.

Terrorism and Our Rights

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2016 by authorcarloscardoso

It has been suggested that in light of the recent terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida that Americans should consider giving up our rights if the government chooses to put us on a “terrorist watch list or a no-fly list” This includes giving up our rights to privacy, self defense and anything else the government decides we should give up in the name of national security. Now just take a moment and consider those words and do not simply accept them at face value but really consider what that implies in light of our founding principles and history. It has been implied that the government should have the power to choose who among us gets to keep our unalienable rights and who must forfeit them. This from a government who in the name of national security has already taken away our right to privacy in our persons, effects and papers through the implementation of the so called Patriot Act. This is a government who now has the capability to track our every move, listen to our every conversation and even peer inside our homes all without our knowledge, consent and without the prerequisite warrant showing probable cause to do so. They claim the right to search our bodies and things for the “privilege” of free travel through the most modern, convenient and speedy mode of travel when in reality we are free to come and go across this country with our property in the pursuit of happiness. This for many of us is part of our jobs which provide for our way of life.

Consider also the current acts this government has done recently. They have used the power of regulatory agencies to intimidate and deprive American citizens their rights to freedom of speech and to associate freely with the IRS scandal targeting groups who did not share the same political viewpoint of the current administration with no one being held accountable. A president who has said he would punish his political enemies. This is a government whose Department of Homeland Security is completely infiltrated by members of the father of terrorist organizations, The Muslim Brotherhood. A government who says the greatest threats to our national security are zealous Christians, right wing “extremists” who believe in the constitution and call themselves patriots or Tea Party members, sympathizers and climate change deniers.

This country came to be because brave people saw tyranny being imposed upon them and chose to fight the American War of Independence rather than submit to intimidation and even death for the cause of Liberty. Samuel Adams said, “The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth. Not be under the will of the legislative authority of man but only have the laws of nature for his rule.” Thomas Jefferson said, “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.” Now I ask you to reconsider what has been suggested above taking into consideration the actions of the current administration in acting lawlessly. How often throughout the course of the history of this country the government has acted contrary to the Constitution which was put in place to control the federal government to certain enumerated powers given by the consent of the American people and reserving all the rest to the Sovereign States and the Individual. People talk about removing the rights enumerated in the first ten amendments otherwise known as the bill of rights. How could we have possibly strayed so far from our founding principles to understand that these enumerated rights not only aren’t the full extent of our rights under liberty but merely an incomplete list of what the government was enacted to protect not provide, Our rights came from our Creator and as such cannot be taken away by any man or form of government. Our rights come from God with His greatest gift to Humanity, free will which is Liberty.  Benjamin Franklin said, “Those willing to give up Liberty for security deserve neither.” So now having considered these founding principles from our history and these words of wisdom from our founding fathers, how could anyone suggest that the government should be granted the power to arbitrarily deprive us of our unalienable rights?

The problem facing America in dealing with the threat of Islamic terrorism is that we must follow the constitution and leave the American people alone to live in Liberty pursuing happiness as we see fit with minimal government intrusion in our lives freed to become prosperous once again.  Then we would be better able to defeat the evil enemies of the American people if we spent more time being vigilant against those most likely to commit acts of barbarism and not allow political correctness to get in the way of common sense legal investigations into the real enemies of the American people.

 

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The Unalienable Rights of All Mankind

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2015 by authorcarloscardoso

All individual members of Humanity have been endowed certain unalienable rights by our Creator which no man or form of government may rightfully deny us. We hold these truths to be self evident that all Individuals are created equal with the right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Every single Individual is unique within the tapestry of creation and is therefore sacred to our Creator’s will and every life is equally important. The Creator’s first and most precious gift to Humanity was free will, the ultimate essence of Liberty.

True Liberty encompasses our rights as a Sovereign Individual to choose our own path towards the pursuit of Happiness. This right allows us to make choices to work towards improving our Human condition with the responsibility that our Liberty ends where it may infringe on another Individual’s Liberty and our actions are accountable only to our Creator within the bounds of God’s and Nature’s Laws. Liberty has its own inherent rights necessary for its preservation from those who would aim to take this sacred right from Humanity as history has repeatedly shown us.

Therefore the Rights inherent to preserve Liberty for ourselves and our posterity must by need be clearly laid out for all Humanity to understand and know that any attempted usurpations of these rights is by definition tyranny, an affront to the Creator and a criminal act against Humanity. The Tree of Liberty has by necessity been watered by the blood of tyrants and patriots throughout history. Let it be made clear to all Humanity that Liberty is our natural birthright no matter where we inhabit this planet and that the preservation and extension of Liberty to all Mankind is the ultimate evolution of the Human experience.

The Rights inherent to Liberty must include the Freedom of Religion. All individuals have the right to choose the manner in which they will live their lives,  in accordance with their interpretation of the Creator. This includes their choices to worship, pray and seek guidance for the moral code they choose to live by. This also includes their right to form associations with likeminded individuals in the pursuit of building groups supportive of their religious convictions. This right is mutual to all Individuals and though they may vary and even conflict, the right to publicly profess, express and follow their convictions may not be infringed. The only exception is a set of religious beliefs that espouses the use of violence to coerce other Individuals to join or stay in their system of beliefs. This is a violation of the Liberty of others and is therefore unjust. Any form of coercion is a usurpation of our unalienable rights, a form of tyranny and a crime against Humanity.

Freedom of Speech , Association and peaceful assembly are also unalienable rights of all Individuals.The right to express one’s ideas, ideals and or thoughts on current and future affairs must be protected to ensure that our Liberties and rights are not slowly eroded and tyranny is allowed to take root and spread. These freedoms also help to ensure the progress of society through facilitating the free flow of ideas which lead to innovation. The formations of groups such as a free press to keep information flowing for the benefit of all Mankind exposing truths and injustices so they may be dealt with as needed are also vital to a free society based on Liberty.

The right to keeping the fruits of the Individual’s labor and owning property both real and intellectual are essential Liberties under the unalienable right to the pursuit of Happiness. This also includes the right to privacy. The right to be secure in our persons, properties, communications and all other acquired goods or papers shall not be subject to unreasonable search and or seizure.

The right to keeping and bearing arms shall in no manner be infringed. The right to keep and bear arms is essential to the ability for one to protect themselves, their families, friends, associates and property. The right to bear arms is also a fundamental right and need to protect against the usurpation of a Sovereign Individual ‘s unalienable right to Liberty and freedom by any would be tyrant or agents of a tyrannical regime.