"[T]he same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe - the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God," said John F. Kennedy in his Inaugural Address nearly 50 years ago. Those words continue to ring true today as they did over a generation ago.
Most nations continue to cling to the belief that what a person can do depends upon what the state allows. This understanding means we have privileges, not rights; and makes the people subjects, not citizens. This allows the all powerful state to oppress the people - even slaughter them when it decides to.
Turning the world topsy-turvy, our Founding Fathers declared that it was the Creator who provided us rights - and those rights came first and before the government. Such rights cannot be given or taken away by the government - that is why they are called "unalienable."
Unfortunately, this First Principle of unalienable rights seems to be almost forgotten today. When is the last time you heard a major politician utter the words "unalienable rights"? This fundamental First Principles is at the heart of what makes America, well, America. If we intend to remain free, we must begin to reassert our unalienable rights vigorously - otherwise we will simply join the rest of the globe in slowly, but surely, losing our liberty.