In his Inaugural Address, John F. Kennedy eloquently explained America's First Principle of unalienable rights:
The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the 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.
In all the clamor, passion, and heat of current politics, when is that last time we heard that sentiment? Rarely if at all. Yet, if we believe anything else, we are doomed to arbitrary whims of politicians to control our most fundamental rights. This is not the American understanding. JFK had it right. Let's remember it or everything we believe in is at risk.