Understanding ones’ Rights
Inalienable Rights definition: not transferable or to be taken away.
Inalienable Rights were outlined in the Bill of Rights and was ratified as part of the Constitution. The Bill of Rights outlined various rights that were believed to be granted by our creator to ALL mankind. Among these rights were the “freedom of speech” and the “right to bear arms” and the “right to property and life” as well as others that represent fair and just treatment of individuals being accused of crimes. It is these inalienable rights that allow us our “freedoms” that we hold dear in the United States, and that many have died to protect.
“The first 10 amendments to the Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. James Madison wrote the amendments, which list specific prohibitions on governmental power, in response to calls from several states for greater constitutional protection for individual liberties”
Bill of Rights
But do our “inalienable rights” give us the right to forget that the rights of others exist? It has often been said, others need to learn that his liberty ends where some other fellow’s nose begins. So what does this mean? Does it matter if what we do offends others? Of course not, but what it does mean is that we cannot “intentionally” or “unintentionally” infringe upon the rights of others. You have your “rights” and I have “mine,” and yours ends where mine begins. As the passage suggests the end of ones’ rights stop at the nose of another.
However, there are a lot of arguments today over “ones’ rights,” especially with the current pandemic and the attack on the 2nd Amendment. Should ones’ right over-ride the rights of another? No! According to a constitutional scholar John B. Finch, “your liberty ends where the liberty of others commences.” So just because someone does not like something does not mean that they can take that right from me – taking guns for example. One cannot stop me from saying something just because they disagree with my theories, nor is another’s belief superior. However, when one infringes upon your rights that is going past where theirs ends.
With that being said we as citizens have the “obligation” to avoid infringing upon the rights of others – otherwise, how does “freedom” exist? We cannot shout freedom while creating bondage for some.
The bottom line is we “ALL” have a moral obligation to protect the “rights” and “lives” of others just as many have done before us. Many have died so we can express ourselves and live in freedom. It is then and only then that we have true “freedom” and “peace.”
During the pandemic situation maybe we should think about “individual” rights and where ours begins and stops, after all, we cannot say we stand for “freedom” for all when our rights are superior to others, and we as 2A supports should know all too well what “infringement” feels like. So if we are going to stand for “rights” let us stand for ALL rights.
Just because we have “rights” does not mean that we should not do what is morally right even when no one is watching!