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4/16/13 at 03:10 AM 0 Comments

Confusion Regarding Rights and Privileges – Are They the Same? (An Opinion)

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The Declaration of Independence (2nd Paragraph) 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. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

God endows – not government – to individuals – not collective groups – rights. Our national founders understood fallen and fixed human nature and designed the Constitution to recognize and protect the rights God gives against corruptible men. Progressives concocted a lie transforming privileges into rights. In the name of, “Fairness,” for example, the chief Re-distributor wants to steal from those who have earned wealth. Then, he pretends to give it to the indoctrinated who covet, “free,” stuff. Our founders recognized that a person has a fundamental right to express and practice one’s faith in God. A legitimate government protects this right. It must never use unjust regulations to deprive anyone from practicing the tenants of their beliefs or force the performance of an act, which would violate one’s conscience. Does God violate a person’s will? No. From where does Pharaoh receive the authority to force followers of Judeo-Christian Biblical values to fund birth control under the guise of a, “Fundamental right for women’s health?” It does not come from the Constitution. The rights God gives apply to all people, not a given class, race, or gender.

“Rights,” are defined as, “According to fact or truth, something that is correct, just, proper, or honorable, something to which one has a just or lawful claim.” Conversely, “Privileges,” are grants or immunities given by law or practice as an advantage or favor especially to some and not to others. Government cannot create, “Rights.” This government establishes favors for some, while forcing others to pay taxes, or oppressive fines to cover the expenses. This is tyranny. “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.”

I have a right and responsibility to defend my life and family against an evil doer. The Constitution recognizes that I have a fundamental right to protect my life and a right to bear arms. I have the privilege to use deadly force against an evil doer. May God have mercy on his soul.

Clarifying, does a need create a right? I earned the privilege of driving a car by obtaining a driver’s license. I need gas to drive my car. Do I have a right to free gas? Do I have a right to be married? Do I have a right to my wife’s love? We have a state granted license to enjoy the privilege of sharing life together. We do not have a right to own property. I toiled to receive an education. I do not have a right to a job – it is a privilege to work, earn a living, and acquire property. I do not have the right to invade another country, take its resources, harm its citizens, and demand they pay for my needs. Finally, I do not have a right to health care. Calling privileges, “Rights,” is an evil lie.

Because I am an American citizen, I have the privilege and responsibility to vote Godly principles and values. When I think I am entitled to anything, I better check my covetous nature and remember, God gave me rights, and like all, I am entitled to face His righteous judgment.

 “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke

Charles J. Patricoff is a Messianic conservative, speaker at Pro-Life and Tea Party rallies, and served as a career, Regular Officer in the United States Air Force. He teaches Technical Writing, Political Science, The American Civil War, and The United States Constitution at Colorado Christian University, and has worked in the aerospace industry for thirty years. He is the author of the American Civil War epic Destination Hope series (Book 1, Separation, and Book 2, Emancipation are already released)—OakTara.;!/profile.php?id=1291489205&sk=wall!/Patricoff

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