The social contract of life, liberty, and property, derived from the Bible and defined for us by famed philosopher John Locke, is the legal foundation to a free society. Without it, a free society falters into corruption, tyranny, despair, and eventually failure. The perversion and abuse of this social contract by the very institutions put in place to protect it is what has gone fundamentally wrong in America today!
All that we measurably own will fall under one of the three categories of Life, Liberty, or Property.
We either have our life and/or health (our quality of life), or we do not. We are either free and have liberty, or we are not. We either have our property and possessions, or we do not. It is black and white, easily measurable.
All of our laws are, as intended by the original authors of the U.S. Constitution, centered around respecting the life, liberty, and property belonging to others.
If we intentionally, or accidentally, do harm to the life, liberty, or property of others, our laws dictate that we will owe them restitution to restore them as best as possible to their original condition. If I harm you, the restitution may involve the taking of my life, liberty, and/or property to again make you whole.
What happens though when it is the state or the government itself that is violating the sacred social contract of life, liberty, and property? What happens when the state places itself as God, not seeing these rights to life, liberty, and property as “unalienable”, and not recognizing this “self-evident truth” according to Gods law? What happens when a government becomes so corrupt that they feel it is okay to imprison you for your thoughts, take your property because they feel they have a better use for it, or take your life because you disagree with them?
The Founding Fathers of the United States recognized it was their God-given right and duty to throw off their former government (Great Britain), and form their own government, which they did.
Self-serving corrupt governments, which benefit from violating the life, liberty, and property of free citizens, typically don’t volunteer to relinquish such power. Such freedom from tyranny and abuse usually requires conflict, and the U.S. Revolutionary War was fought and won as a result. The maintenance of freedom requires ongoing assertions.
Here we are today, 245 years later, again asking the same questions, facing similar dilemmas as the Founding Fathers! Again, we find ourselves with an abusing government, no longer free, no longer “by the people and for the people”, but with a government taking property in ever increasing amounts, taking liberty and freedom in ever increasing amounts, and perverting the halls of the legislature and that of justice to increase its control over the property and liberty of its free citizens. History has shown it is only a matter of time before the government starts taking the lives of its free citizens who are no longer free.
Will we lose control of our God given constitutional rights, which are being infringed upon every day? We are losing control of our own homes and healthcare, and our ability to freely travel in public places.
The very government institutions that are supposed to PROTECT our rights to Life, Liberty, and Property, have themselves become the ungodly aggressive vultures viscously feeding off them! Is it any wonder we have division and unrest in America?
Is ANY of this what the framers of our U.S. Constitution had in mind, when they outlined in that document, the Biblical principle of free will and John Locke’s definition of respect for Life, Liberty, and Property?
The United States Declaration of Independence has that answer, and it is what the Founding Fathers of the United States did.
“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 ~ That WHENEVER ANY FORM OF GOVERNMENT BECOMES DESTRUCTIVE of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Paul Ricci is the author of The Success Loop and Practical Paul, a blog-spot about finance, business, and politics. Read full article at practicalpaul.com.
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