Natural Rights v. Civil Rights

America is at war with itself over the meaning of words, and the consequences are more serious than most people can imagine. If you don’t know what origins of your rights are, and what rights you possess how can you defend them? Those who are defending them — as in downrange in a combat zone particularly — have to be asking themselves, we’ve put our lives on the line, which has driven PTSD for so many, for what? PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) comes from intimate exposure to sights, sounds, smells that shock the psyche. The carnage that is combat leaves many soldiers and civilians minds scared, so it is up to each of us to respect their sacrifice by learning what our rights are so we can defend them ourselves.

Moreover, how policymakers ensure equity and promote, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” is vitally important to preserving the lifestyle that we have grown accustomed to. I urge you to watch the CrossRoads video. For instance, when one reviews some of the arguments presented on the floor of the Arizona House of Representatives for this thing or that, one can see that even those charged with representing the interests of the People don’t know the difference between natural rights and civil rights.

Why is it that so many people, from high school students to mature adults, do not know but a few of the rights they possess, and their origins? For the most part, classic literature dealing with political philosophy is no longer taught in the American Public School System. Sure there are pockets of critical learning here and there, with great teachers who push their students to study the works of authors like John Locke, and his Second Treatise of Government, but what of those people who have been cheated out of a complete understanding of their personal right of franchise?

WE must ensure that as the “social justice warriors” demand equity, there is a clear understanding of the rights they may be asking everyone to surrender. Our natural rights — those rights each person is imbued with- underpin a system of civil rights — those rights conferred upon adults and children, men and women by government — and it is those rights that are designed to protect equity.

We must be clear though, equity is only losely related to outcomes, it is however closely tied to opportunity.

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