Everyone has seen and remembers this famous painting by German American artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze of General George Washington crossing the Delaware River to defeat the Hessian forces of Gen. Johann Rall. Do you know this took place Christmas night, 1776? Furthermore, do you know Washington and the men he commanded were British citizens? Yes, George Washington was a British citizen who, as a British general, bravely and successfully fought in the French and Indian War for his country.
From the moment the war began in April of 1775 when the British government attempted to disarm the colonists, our forebears in Concord, Massachussetts, until the Treaty of Paris in 1783 ended it – the American colonists were legally and factually British citizens.
We won indpendence from our British masters through armed insurrection – armed rebellion against tyrannical government. This rebellion wasn’t the product of light and transient emotions over taxes. Seventeen grievances are listed on the Declaration of Independence and taxes fall way down the list. Corruption, coercion and oppression lead the tax grievance.
A new move is afoot in America and this president has an agenda to fundamentally transform our nation. Christian author Dinesh D’Souza describes him as an “anti-colonialist” who sees America as an “evil empire” that must be disarmed. Facts confirm the author’s observations.
Our God-given natural rights are in peril. This president, through dictatorial decress (Executive Orders), a Democrat Senate majority and onerous regulations by federal agencies under his power, is on a path to annul each and all of the Bill of Rights. Therefore, I think it important to revisit from whence come our rights.
Rights Come From God, Not From Government
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…”
The duty, the purpose of government is to secure these rights. Webster’s – ‘to relieve from exposure to danger : act to make safe against adverse contingencies’; ‘to put beyond hazard of losing or of not receiving’
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution, were not added to create or provide rights, but to reaffirm the duty of federal government to secure them.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.