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Liberty -- Endowed by Whom?

The Eternal Bequest

By Mark Alexander · Jul. 3, 2013
“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? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.” –Thomas Jefferson (1774)

Amid all the contemporary political and cultural contests, too many conservatives fail to make the case for overarching eternal truths – whether in debate with adversaries across the aisles of Congress, or with neighbors across Main Street.

Lost in the din is the foundational endowment of Essential Liberty, and any debate that does not begin with this eternal truth will end with temporary deceits.

The most oft-cited words from our Declaration of Independence are these: “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.”

The eternal assertion that Liberty for all people is “endowed by their Creator” and is thus “unalienable” should require no defense, because “we hold these truths to be self-evident,” and because the rights of man are irrevocable from the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”

But the root of all debate between Liberty and tyranny – or, in political parlance, between Right and left – is the contest to assert who endows Liberty – God or man.

The left’s humanist position has been made plainly evident by Barack Hussein Obama, who has a history of deliberately and repeatedly omitting the words “endowed by their Creator” when citing in open constituent forums the Declaration’s reference to “Rights.” What, exactly, is the inspiration for such overt and explicit omissions by the titular head of the Democratic Party?

Contemporary Leftist protagonists seek to replace Rule of Law with the rule of men. This is because the former is predicated on the principle that Liberty is “endowed by our Creator,” while the latter asserts that government is the giver of Liberty.

The history of man, since its first record, has repeatedly and tragically documented that when the people settle for the assertion that government is the source of their rights, tyranny is the inevitable result. And tyrants always attempt to undermine Liberty by driving a wedge between it and its foundational endowment by our Creator.

For generations, American liberals have driven that wedge by asserting that our Constitution provides a “wall of separation” between church and state. But does it?

The short answer is “yes,” but it is most certainly not the faux wall constructed by judicial activists, who have grossly adulterated the plain language of our First Amendment especially during the last 50 years.

Contrary to what many liberals would have us believe, the words “wall of separation between church and state” do not appear in our Constitution – nor is this notion even implied. Thomas Jefferson penned those words in an obscure 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in response to concerns about Connecticut’s establishment of Congregationalism as their state church. Jefferson assuaged their concerns, telling the Baptists that the First Amendment prohibited the national government from establishing a “national church,” but he concluded rightly that the Constitution prohibited the national government from interfering with the matters of state governments – a “wall of separation,” if you will, between federal and state governments.

The “wall of separation” argument is thus a phony one. Indeed, it is a blueprint for tyranny.

We are created, from the beginning, in the Image of God, and that image is the essence of Liberty, the well of all rights for all people for all time.

Our enlightened Founders, in their revolutionary opposition to tyranny, looked far beyond kings and parliaments to the enduring source of the rights of man, and they enumerated in our Declaration of Independence that we are, indeed, created in God’s Image for His purpose, and that no man could strip that endowment from the soul of another. Thus, we have the equal capacity to be free, personal, rational, creative and moral beings, and we are entitled to be so through His endowment.

These rights and freedoms were further enshrined in our Constitution.

In 1776, John Hancock wrote of Jacob Duché, the first Chaplain appointed by the Continental Congress, “Congress … from a consideration of your … zealous attachment to the rights of America, appoint(s) you their Chaplain.” Duché, Pastor of Philadelphia’s Christ Church, captured the spirit of the American Revolution, saying, “Civil liberty is as much the gift of God in Christ Jesus … as our spiritual freedom… ‘Standing fast’ in that liberty, wherewith Christ, as the great providential Governor of the world, hath made us free.”

It is in that spirit that we at The Patriot Post adopted our motto, Veritas vos Liberabit – “The Truth Will Set You Free” (John 8:32). That is the essence of the assertion that we are “endowed by our Creator” with life and Liberty.

Ignorance of the true and eternal source of the rights of man is fertile ground for the Left’s assertion that government endows such rights. It is also perilous ground, soaked with the blood of generations of American Patriots. As Jefferson wrote, “The tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

Indeed, the “Cycle of Democracy” demands this tonic. And despite the pervasive assault on Liberty by the current legions of Leftist NeoComs, to paraphrase the great Prussian military historian, theorist and tactician Carl von Clausewitz, “the best defense is a good offense.”

Our Founders closed their Declaration with this pledge to each other, and all who would follow: “With a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

In his 1800 letter to fellow Declaration signer Benjamin Rush, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

Like millions of our generation’s American Patriots, I have sworn likewise. We must never forsake our Sacred Honor.

No matter what setbacks we face, Liberty is an eternal endowment. Thus, we must hold the lines on defense, and regroup for relentless attack on offense.

Never lose faith, fellow Patriots!

In honor of this, the 237th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence, contemplate these wise words of our Founders, and please consider supporting The Patriot Post’s mission in defense of Liberty.

“While we are zealously performing the duties of good Citizens and soldiers we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of Religion. To the distinguished Character of Patriot, it should be our highest Glory to add the more distinguished Character of Christian.” –George Washington

“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.” –John Adams

“May every citizen … have a proper sense of the Deity upon his mind and an impression of the declaration recorded in the Bible, ‘Him that honoreth Me I will honor, but he that despiseth Me shall be lightly esteemed.’” –Samuel Adams

“This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.” –Benjamin Franklin

“The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it.” –James Madison

“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among parchments and musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the Hand of Divinity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.” –Alexander Hamilton

“But where says some is the king of America? I’ll tell you Friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the Royal Brute of Britain. … [L]et it be brought forth placed on the divine law, the word of God; let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve of monarchy, that in America THE LAW IS king. For as in absolute governments the king is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no other. But lest any ill use should afterwards arise, let the crown at the conclusion of the ceremony be demolished, and scattered among the people whose right it is.” –Thomas Paine in Common Sense

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98 Comments

JtC in TX said:

Awesome and Amen! See "Declaration of Dependence" here: http://www.basictraining.org/index.php?proc=sn&nid=534

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:39 AM

John in N. Carolina said:

Obama nor Democrats refer to Biblical truths due to a lack of understanding.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Brian in Newport News replied:

Biblical truths are spiritually discerned. Thus, those God-less souls on both sides of the aisle view it all as nonsense. Both pity and prayer are in order.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Brian in Newport News said:

Mark,

Thanks for another excellent essay. I have tendered my modest support of the Patriot Post's mission, and encourage all Patriots to do the same as their means allow. It is, after all, God's in the end.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Patrick Henry in New Mexico said:

Conservatives have "talked" their way into a corner.
Conversely liberals have taken "action"........

The time for talking has long expired. It is now time for action.

I hope and pray that the day never comes when our elected officials come face to face with the reason our Founding Fathers inserted the 2nd A into our Constitution......But, alas..........it looks like it's close.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

The only thing stopping that today besides restraint is a lack of leadership and organization. When and if it starts, and I hope our quest for liberty restored does not require the force of arms, there must be steadfast people to take leadership positions that are well founded on the principles of freedom.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 12:01 PM

John C. in Orange County, Peoples Republic of CA replied:

As a Viet Nam vet at 68, and though not as able but more than willing, I am once again ready to take up arms in defense of the constitution I swore an oath to defend in 1965.

Two question:
1) Who is John Galt?
2) Where is John Connor?

Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 7:32 PM

William F. Brna in Monongahela, PA said:

Since we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, among which are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, one cannot overlook the fact that the right to Life is first and hence, abortion is a violation of this right. Without the Right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness cannot exist.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:57 AM

One VA Patriot in Arlington, VA said:

Given that the left is shredding our Constitution and replacing the Rule of Law with the rule of men, would it not be prudent for patriots to return to our Founding Document, the Declaration of Independence, and begin our governance anew just as the founders did after the Articles of Confederation? Just askin'.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

So when and where should the first shot be fored?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

FIRED, I hit the O instead of the I

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 12:06 PM

GordAuch in Hampton Roads replied:

It may be that the United Nations is trying something like a new Civic Organizing Document International. Because they cannot agree on anything as basic as Deity, they remain doomed to failure. As John Adams wrote, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other," so let's keep it. The alternative is ???

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Doug Schexnayder, PhD in La. said:

We are in the Age of a dysfunctional criminal congress.

The royal congress has the arrogant apostles of secular socialism
with no ethical boundaries (aka dimdems) and their pawn diaper-changing/reality altering evil biased media clowns opposed by (drumroll) a party of pantywaist cupcake GOPers.
No circus road show could offer more.

The congro-clowns pretend to serve WeThePeople by:
/ignoring a 17 trillion dollar debt
/borrowing 46% of what they spend
/high jobless rates
/record Stampers
/$3 gas
/socialized medicine (along with nationalized student/home loans)
/27 nations having their citizens enter our borders illegally
/70+% fornication minority fake families and so on and so on.
Even Twilight Zone never got this far out.

So how does the congro-royalty react to a nation on every fiscal/cultural bubble? They pretend.
They pretend that another huge expensive bill is salvation (immigration LOL reform). They ignore the toxic Baseline Budgeting system.
They fail to enforce current gun/immigration laws or protest this outrage.
They freeze nothing, they cut nothing, they re-organize nothing, they consolidate nothing as monster gov-meant hiring soars and soars.
They promise, they delay, they boldly lie.

Independence Day 2013 is simply a reminder of the freedom/fiscal sanity buzzkill by what is supposed to be the elected concerned "servants of WeThePeople"...
cue the Tea Party... I am done.

...theconservativecrawfish 7.3.2013

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 12:09 PM

John Cunningham in Lafayette said:

After almost five years of Obama, anyone who didn't understand his master plan should by now. He wants to dominate the conversation. He has done that by infiltrating all Government Agencies, most likely from day one. Even the Pentagon and now the Supreme Court has the mark of the Beast (Obama) on them.

Somehow, this news slipped by everyone. Probably a lot to do with the Mainstream Media knowing but keeping silent. Fox news and a few others tried but were immediately labeled not so ready for prime time news organizations and punted.

The rest of America was subject to a peaceful Coup. Now we are reaping the reward. Whether we survive Obama is still up in the air. All Federal Agencies are carrying his water and keeping silent. Three more years will really test our mettle and if we survive, as the lone Super Power in the World. If we don't, consider the next Dark Ages, I am.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 12:22 PM

JtC in TX replied:

I believe the day of 100% personal resources dedicated solely to survival is very near. No nice-to-haves, no vacation, no travel. Only survival. Unless, of course we as a nation do as instructed in God's Word.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 1:59 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

Excellent example of what we all should be doing. May I suggest the Jim Bakker show? He has on his show non perishable food, water purifiers, all the usual.
I don't know what will bite us 1st, the weather or a civil war yet it would be foolish not to be prepared for either.
I know is some parts of Texas you can only buy one box of ammunition at a time. In NM you can buy as much as you can carry.

Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Nukeman in Ill Annoy replied:

The Manchurian Candidate?

Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Patricia Hamilton in Bonita Springs, FL said:

My Grandfather was in the 1st world war & my father was drafted shortly after I was born. We pray for our troops, president, the ones tat make our laws, and also believe it is very important for all Patriots to do so, even when we don't agree with their policies.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

Those should be our representatives who protect the law not lawmakers who create laws to subjugate. Our representatives take an oath that has proven to have no meaning to them.

There is a huge cliff of tyranny that we must climb to restore liberty, problem is there are very few mountain climbers among us and fewer still that will even attempt the climb for fear of the possibilities that will result.

Our elected are so insulated from us that they have no fear of consequences when they act outside the constitutional limits imposed. Their attitude is what can you do about it?

Our elections are not honest and there is few changes that are not orchestrated to appease the mudsill.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Bill in Metairie, LA said:

As a Catholic lawyer, I agree with all that you say and can only add that the religion of the left is moral relativism--the polar opposite of Christianity.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 1:01 PM

N Ptomey in Kansas said:

The current regime and 85% of the previous leftists, due largely to the American public and it's lackadaisical attitude toward what is being done to our Nation. A once proud and powerful nation has been reduced to second and soon enough to a third world nation.
Our Constitution has been raped, shredded and tortured into an unrecognizable piece of paper as meaningless as last week's newspaper.
I am truly sad to have our own citizenry bring our country to the brink of shame and inevitable disaster!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 1:04 PM

ray Martin in inola ok said:

Twice In last two months have made 100.00 donations on line. Donation failed. May be happening to others. Got a hundred waiting. Go figure & let me know.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 1:17 PM

boilingfrog in N.C. replied:

Ray try snail mail slower but gets the job done.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 5:57 PM

R.C. in Colorado said:

Thomas Jefferson was truly one of, if not the most, intelligent of our Founders. Why does the left now vilify him? Because he had a black mistress. But read his writings. They are timeless, just amazing stuff.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Jay in California said:

It is unfortunate that our nation's founders assumed that there is such a thing or concept as a "god." Had they had the benefit of scientific knowledge as we do in the modern era, I am confident that hanging liberty upon the non-existent peg of a supreme being would not have happened. But we deal with what is, not what it "could-have" been. The fact is that most Americans are religious. Even if they were a minority, it would still be as wrong to rub my atheism in their face as it is for a deist to assert that I "only THINK that I am atheist." This conflict then, between so-called "humanists" and religious people is unending and unlikely to be resolved by defining liberty as based on religion. Far more productive is to agree upon the common ground of those who seek less government intrusion into their private affairs, regardless of religious status. There is a museum in Los Angeles called "The Museum of Tolerance." It is devoted to human understanding, regardless of religious or ethnic affiliation, although the emphasis upon the Holocaust is pervasive. The key word is "tolerance." We who value liberty must join against those -- our own neighbors, no less -- who seek to deprive us of it. We must tolerate our own religious differences against the common foe: I call it "big government."

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Steve Glass in Brownsburg, Indiana replied:

This comes from man's arrogance to think that he is better in all ways than God. This arrogance cost Satan his place as one of the head angels. I certainly would not want to count myself one of his minions.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Karl Landgren in Selma, NC replied:

Jay, you rightly observe that our common enemy is BigFedGov; and I for one thank, commend, and encourage you, my brother, in the noble quest to reclaim and preserve the blessings of Liberty. And, yes, one of our inalienable rights is that of choosing whom, what, when, how, where, why, and, indeed whether to worship. May I share with you my firm and abiding testimony: I know that our Father in Heaven lives, and that He loves us. I know that His Son, Jesus the Christ selflessly played an essential role in the great Plan of Happiness; He is the Author of Liberty. You will eventually come to realize this vitally important truth; I pray that you choose to do so soon. Humbly ask Him.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Karl Landgren in Selma, NC replied:

More correctly, our common adversary is Lucifer, to whom Saul Alinsky dedicated the liberals' playbook, "Rules for Radicals".

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Bud in The D-ivided States of America replied:

Tolerance is merely a subtle form of HATE, that you use to leverage your own form of arrogant self-righteousness. Peddle your snake oil elsewhere flim-flam man. God Loving people will never buy it, and we tire of your masochistic sufferage. Seek healing elsewhere - or don't. Just seek elsewhere.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 2:11 PM

boilingfrog in N.C. replied:

Jay , I have but one question for you. You don't have to answer of coarse but do you by any chance own a firearm, just in case hell breaks loose on this earth that God created. Just curious and I am not judging you for your atheism, that is your right, just as it is my right to pray for you.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Karl Landgren in Selma, NC said:

Barry Obama also omitted the words, "...among these are", as if to imply that we have only three rights.
The reason the left wanted the 10 Commandments plaque removed from the hero Judge Roy Moore's courthouse is obvious: they have their own--
Thou shalt have no other gods besides power, deception, & corruption.
Seven 12+ hour days shalt thou and thy wife and children work to try in vain keep up with thine oppresive tax burden.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's property. Elect a liberal to confiscate it, use most of it to grow the size, scope, role, and intrusiveness of BigFedGov, and throw you a few crumbs.
Thou shalt murder only innocent, defenseless children.
Thou shalt not commit adultery except with members of thy gender (unless thou art the President of the United States)
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor unless thou art a socialist politician.
Thou shalt entrust thy father and thy mother--and thy children--to BigFedGov.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain except when swearing thine oath of office or when asking the Lord thy God to bless the nation thou seeketh to destroy.

Not complete, or in order, but you get the idea.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 1:24 PM