From Tenth Amendment Center March 2, 2020 newsletter:

Thomas Paine called them “imprescriptible rights.” Richard Henry Lee said they came from the “law of nature.” Jefferson reminds us that free people “claim their rights.” But the founders and old revolutionaries didn’t create the notion of natural rights, it was a long part of the American tradition well-before the Declaration of Independence.

In short, they understood these as NATURAL RIGHTS.

If you’re like me, it absolutely makes your skin crawl when you hear people refer to their rights by amendment number.

Because, as John Dickinson put it in 1776, “Our liberties do not come from charters, for these are only the declaration of pre-existing rights.”

This is a message I believe is so incredibly important to cover – again and again and again. Because as long as people continue to incorrectly refer to their rights as being “granted” by a document – then those who claim the power to “define” them will continue to restrict and attack them.” ~ Michael Boldin










Michael Boldin [send him email] is the founder of the Tenth Amendment Center. He was raised in Milwaukee, WI, and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Follow him on twitter – @michaelboldin and Facebook.





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