December 2014 – A Matter of Rights and Their Source

The First Amendment's press protection extends into civic procedure with a "Journalistic Privilege"

On December 10, it was Human Rights Day. On December 15, it was Bill of Rights Day. In terms of the documents themselves, have you ever wondered about the differences? Sure, in terms of most people in relation to the holidays, one is a rarely recognized UN based holiday, while one is a rarely recognized […]

5/5 – How should the Constitution of the United States be interpreted?

Last, but certainly not least, is the question of how the Constitution of the United States should be interpreted. THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE First, for the best interpretation to take place, one must view the US Constitution from the perspective of the principles of the Declaration of Independence. Since the US Constitution was the imperfect […]

1/5 – Philosophical Foundation of the Constitution of the United States; A question of Forms, and not Principle

The philosophical basis of all good government, not just the U.S. Constitution (and not just the Constitutions of the several States), is found in the principles espoused by the Declaration of Independence. Those principles are the answers to the questions of “Why” and “What” as far as government is concerned (Why governments exist, and what […]

The “Freedom” Festival

Like so many of you, I received a magazine in the mail advertising for the so-called Freedom Festival – a yearly festival every July 4th, the patriotism surrounding which is supposed to commemorate Independence Day and the birthday of the 13 American States. Yet, as should be surprising, there was not one mention of the […]

Perhaps the Original Rough Draft, or copy, of the Declaration of Independence

Below is the text of the John Adams rough draft of the Declaration of Independence. Although the original authorship perhaps was not from Adams himself – the Adams rough draft provides some insight into the true intended meaning of the document Americans still claim to celebrate on this day. It is worth a read. ——————– […]

Life and Conscience; Rights of Property, Property of Rights – and the Difference between Property and Property Rights

In Article 1, Section 4 of the Utah Constitution – in a section that is often merely labelled a section on Religious Freedom – it states: “The Rights of Conscience shall not be infringed.” This sentence wisely appears before the protection of religious freedom, since logically, as will be shown, the rights of conscience are […]

Republic vs. Democracy; Why A True Republic is a better Form of Government for the protection of Rights…

Every government, every institution, every individual is and will always be accountable to Natural Law. Natural Law is simply all the laws that are independent of mankind and are, essentially, the unvarying system of causes and effects. Whether or not a people recognizes this fact is beside the point. Whether or not that understanding is […]

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – Interconnected, Inseparable, and Timeless; Why “Pursuit of Happiness” instead of “Property”?

Even a tyrant wants freedom as it applies to one’s self! The unfortunate thing is that every form of tyranny and despotism refuses to acknowledge this desire in other people. Even, and the author should probably say especially, when that tyranny is a majority of the people! Tyranny doesn’t magically lose its entire meaning if […]

The Declaration Of Independence AND You! – Part 1

See if YOU can identify which Rights were being violated in the specific grievances outlined in the Declaration of Independence?! Do those grievance still apply today?? What is YOUR list of grievances? Thomas Jefferson, once kindly criticized for relying on principles already so well known in John Locke’s ‘Second Treatise on Government’, replied that he […]

A Few Basics of the Declaration of Independence

Thomas Jefferson, once kindly criticized for relying on principles already so well known in John Locke’s ‘Second Treatise on Government’, replied that he was not trying to “…find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the […]

Freedom or Bust Video Update / What are Fundamental Rights and Duties? A brief synopsis…

Fundamental, natural rights are those rights which everyone can simultaneously claim and/or exercise without forcing another to serve their needs or purposes. Here are the exact definitions of the words unalienable, and inalienable: Inalienable is defined “as incapable of being surrendered or transferred; at least without one’s consent.” (Morrison v. State, Mo. App., 252 S.W.2d, 101, author’s emphasis) Unalienable means […]

Do we only have a RIGHT to “throw off” tyrannical government? A quick look at a basic example of a right’s corresponding duty…

What is a tyrannical government?  Have you ever wondered that? Would would be a good working definition of “tyranny”? The 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary defines tyranny, in part, as the “Arbitrary or despotic exercise of power; the exercise of power over subjects and others with a rigor not authorized by law or justice, or not […]

What is a Fundamental Natural Right?

The 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary defines the word “right,” in part, as: “A just claim”, “That which justly belongs to one,“ as well as “Authority,“ or “legal power.“ Often, the word “right” is preceded by a number of words, such as natural, fundamental, individual, or even human. These four words, in the end and for […]