Category Archives: Human Rights/Natural Rights

Our Constitution Neither Knows Nor Tolerates Classes Among Citizens…

John Marshall Harlan

John Marshall Harlan

“In view of the Constitution, in the eye of the law, there is in this country no superior, dominant, ruling class of citizens. There is no caste here. Our Constitution is colorblind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens.” — Justice John Marshall Harlan (1899-1971)

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There is But One Law for All…

Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke

“There is but one law for all, namely, that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity — the law of nature, and of nations.” — Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

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As I Would Not Be a Slave, So I Would Not Be a Master…

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.” — Abraham Lincoln

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Instituting a Congress with Power to Do Whatever Would Be for the Good of the United States Would Be Also a Power to Do Whatever They Please…

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“They are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare, but only to lay taxes for that purpose. To consider the latter phrase not as describing the purpose of the first, but as giving a distinct and independent power to do any act they please which may be good for the Union, would render all the preceding and subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as they would be the sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please… Certainly no such universal power was meant to be given them. It was intended to lace them up straightly within the enumerated powers and those without which, as means, these powers could not be carried into effect.” — Thomas Jefferson, 1791

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God Who Gave Us Life Gave Us Liberty

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“God who gave us life gave us Liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?” — Thomas Jefferson, 1774

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Liberties are the Gift of God

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever.” — Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 18, 1781

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The Constitution Doesn’t Grant Us Freedoms – It Prohibits Government from Taking Them

Dr. Edwin Feulner

Dr. Edwin Feulner

“The Constitution doesn’t grant us freedoms; it prohibits government from taking them. Nearly all of us, at one time or another, refer to our ‘constitutional right to free speech.’ While this common phrase may seem harmless, it points to a larger misunderstanding of where our rights come from — a misunderstanding that undermines many of our most fundamental policy debates. The fact is, the U.S. Constitution protects our God-given rights from government. The government does not (as the phrase above implies) grant those rights to us as citizens. This is perhaps the most widely misunderstood aspect of our system of government.”— Ed Feulner, is the founder and former president (1977-2013) of The Heritage Foundation.

On January 18, 1989 President Reagan conferred the Presidential Citizens Medal on Dr. F as “a leader of the conservative movement.” The citation continues: “By building an organization dedicated to ideas and their consequences, he has helped to shape the policy of our Government. His has been a voice of reason and values in service to his country and the cause of freedom around the world.”

Dr. Feulner has studied at the University of Edinburgh (Ph.D.-Founding President, American Friends of the University), the London School of Economics (Richard M. Weaver Fellow), the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (MBA-Recipient, Joseph Wharton Award), Georgetown University, and Regis University (B.S.-Distinguished Alumnus Award). He has received honorary degrees from Pepperdine University, Nichols College, Grove City College, Bellevue College, Gonzaga University, Universidad Francisco Marroquin (Guatemala), Hanyang University (Korea), St. Norbert College, Hillsdale College, and Thomas More College.

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