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Rights Endowed by Whom?

By Mark Alexander · Oct. 28, 2010

What is really at stake?

“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” –George Washington

The 2010 midterm election marked the first major battle in a fired-up grassroots effort to restore constitutional integrity, one with a fervor not seen since the election of Ronald Reagan 30 years ago.

The stakes in this election and those to come are much higher than a mere contest between competing political platforms and personas. These elections will determine who is this nation’s arbiter of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Barack Hussein Obama, by way of omission in several recent speeches, has made it abundantly clear whom he and his comrades reject as the source of the rights of all men. On five separate occasions, when speaking at public events or fundraisers for his Leftist comrades, Obama has referenced the Declaration of Independence.

Speaking at the Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Annual Awards Gala, Obama said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are … endowed with certain inalienable [sic] rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” When questioned about the omission of who, precisely, endowed those rights, the White House press office claimed that Obama went off script … unlikely for a man who has been glued and tattooed to his Teleprompters.

A few days later, speaking at a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Obama said, “If we believe that … everybody is endowed with certain inalienable [sic] rights and we’re going to make those words live, and we’re going to give everybody opportunity, everybody a ladder into the middle class…” For the record, that utterance was not “off script.” Rather, it was precisely how the White House posted his speech.

At the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser, he did it again, saying, “What makes this place special is not something physical. It has to do with this idea that was started by 13 colonies that decided to throw off the yoke of an empire and said, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men … are endowed with certain inalienable [sic] rights.’”

In each instance, Obama omitted the Declaration’s clear affirmation that the rights of all people are “endowed by their Creator,” not by some potentate or government.

Our Declaration of Independence was derived from inherent common law, and in its first sentence, our Declaration establishes the rights of man as “which the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God entitle them.”

When asked again about Obama’s omission, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs asserted, “I can assure you the president believes in the Declaration of Independence.”

So, Obama “believes in the Declaration”? The Declaration is a piece of paper, one that expresses a self-evident Truth. Were it destroyed today, or had it never been written, the right of all people to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” among other rights, would still be endowed by our Creator.

Mr. Gibbs' assurances notwithstanding, Obama’s subtle but telling omissions expose the underbelly of the political beast that is intent on devouring Essential Liberty and replacing it with the rule of men.

Perhaps most offensive was his errant assertion in an internationally televised speech from Indonesia, that “our motto is E pluribus unum – out of many one.” Our national motto is, of course, “In God We Trust.”

With his omissions and ignorance of our national motto now a matter of public interest, Obama has tossed “our Creator” into his stump speechs before Election Day. But make no mistake: That would be subterfuge. Obama believes that the rights of men are subject to the rule of men, and the terminus of the unabated rule of men is always tyranny.

The election of Barack Hussein Obama was the worst of insults to our nation’s heritage of Liberty, but in one important way, it has proven a blessing in disguise.

It has drawn millions of Americans to the frontlines of the eternal war for Liberty and Rule of Law, as enshrined in our national Constitution. Still, this midterm election cycle is different than the knee-jerk response to Bill Clinton that seated a Republican majority back in 1994.

There is a Great Awakening across our nation, one being spearheaded by Tea Party Patriots who are armed with, among other things, the right tools to articulate the difference between Rule of Law and rule of men, and who are willing to passionately fight for the former over the latter.

In the words of Thomas Paine, “I call not upon a few, but upon all: not on this state or that state, but on every state; up and help us; lay your shoulders to the wheel; better have too much force than too little, when so great an object is at stake.”

At this moment, the future of Liberty is at stake.

Our Declaration of Independence concludes, “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” (I suspect Obama would omit “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.”)

I know that you have “pledged your sacred honor” for the defense of Liberty. I beseech you to help us muster millions of additional Patriots to the frontlines for the battle ahead.


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George of Ohio said:

Quote:At this moment, the future of Liberty is at stake.Indeed. I am old enough to remember Nakita Khruschev (sp??) bringing his hammer & sicle-marked shovel to the U.N. and proclaiming "We WILL BURY you!"Nakita, you almost have buried us....perhaps not in the ways you thought, but with the oppressive weight of Socialism and destructive tax rates.

Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 11:57 AM

MARINE said:

The District Court in Alaska orders Canidate Joe Miller to turn over his personel records for voters to look at. The District Court in D.C. refuses to hear the pending case by Atty. Phillip Berg asking for the records of one Barry Soetoro,aka Barack Obama, Barry Obama. Any guess as to why? My guess is they want him to stay in office. The documented admission by the Kenyen Govt. acknowledging his birth in Kenya, and possesing his birth records, seems to be far fetched right? Hopefully when the Congress changes hands we will get some answers.

Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Honest Abe in North Carolina said:

That the 2010 election is so critical to the continued life of the republic, we must be reminded the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.

Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 12:13 PM

desert said:

I see the illegal alien prez in his last speech...(Oh that it would be his "last" speech!) mentioned " by our Creator"......You think maybe the "Creator" is pleased that the lowly one mentioned his holy name? The ignorance displayed by people whose time is but a drop in the bucket compared with amazing....its whats called in Vegas...."a sucker bet", bet everything you are, everything you have , and everything you will ever have, that man is the ultimate and there is no other word seems to say it all, but plain old STUPID!!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Craig said:

"Creator" was compromise language meant to include those who believed in a god, deists (which many Founders were) and those who did not believe in any sort of god (which also includes several Founders). Those who do not believe in a deity can read the phrase to mean "endowed at birth, by virtue of being human".A belief in god is not necessary to support of the principles upon which our great nation was founded, and the Framers knew this. That's why they wisely created a secular government. This is not only good for government, but good for believers.Sadly, too many conservatives these days conflate their religious faith with their political conservatism. This has the effect of handing the Left plenty of ammo. It would be much better to stick to the real founding principles of limited government with strictly enumerated powers, minimal taxation, and constitutional, republicanism. Those of you with faith will win protection for it, and won't be alienating the millions of us who believe in the constitution but not a god.

Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 12:26 PM

The Editor replied:

Thanks for the civics lesson Craig. So perhaps your conclusion is, Obama does "not believe in any sort of god"? To be clear, natural law is the foundation upon which our Declaration rests, "the real founding principle," and to assert anything otherwise betrays a very skewed reading of our history.

Patrick said:

Mark is so true, this Tuesday is the first major battle. The next may come soon after, since control of the Senate may be close. However, 10 additional Senators are in States that permit recall by their citizens without reason; such as Feinstein (CA), Udall (CO), Landreau (LA), Levin (MI), Stabenow (MI), Lautenberg (NJ), Menendez (NJ), Dorgan (ND), Mrekley (OR), and Kohl (WI). Since we are the faction energetically mobilized, we can effect even greater restoration of a Constitutional Republic in special elections. This may be our next front. For now we must focus on November 2.Numquam renuntiabit! Numquam deditionem!Patrick

Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Wade Simmons said:

In reference to article "Rights Endowed by Whom?" Mark Alexander; I read and hear much about a "great awakening" that is expected and hoped for on Nov 2, 2010. Before continuing, let me say that I am in full agreement with everything that I have read or heard that is part of the "Tea Party" platform. However, a caveat that I feel must be understood is that while it would be great to turn this ship around, but if it is only a political reversal, it will be of no lasting value. While it might buy us some time, which is fine, but until the people of the U.S.A. realize that it is against the one who "endowed us with these rights and liberties," until we as individual citizens confess that we have sinned against a loving and Holy God, then I'm afraid that a little time is all that we will gain in the upcoming elections. II Chronicles 7:14 & Nehemiah 9:33Thank You Wade Simmons

Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Bill said:

This is all so true, however, this attitude by the left toward God and individual rights is nothing new. My question is, why did it take so long for all of you to start paying attention? Did you all think maybe if you did nothing all these past years, it might just go away?

Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Trudy said:

I only hope and pray that it's not business as usual after Nov 2. John Boehner as Speaker of the House? Same old same old. We need to keep their feet to the fire!

Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Joe Servedio said:

In addition to Obama removing the Creator from the Declaration, the Declaration says our rights are "UNALIENABLE" NOT inalienable. The difference is significant. Unalienable cannot be sold and transferred, inalienable cannot be surrendered or transferred without the consent of the one possessing such rights. The rights are God given and we do not have authority to give them up or for government to take them.

Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Karen said:

I'm always struck by that poster "Tyranny vs Liberty"'s something that commands your attendion. Whoever designed it certainly captured the utter chaos and confusion of the left, compared to the simple, quiet basic truths that our country was founded upon. As a Christian, I know where confusion and chaos comes from, and it's not from God.

Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Richard Nelson said:

With regard to your Tyranny v. Liberty poster, thank you for having the collors correct. For all elections in my lifetime, until 1992, Red States were Democrat and Blue States were Republican. Intentionally (I submit), these were reversed during the 1992 campaign by all major news outlets simultaneously. I've been on a (quixotic, I admit) crusade to get them changed back since then.It is absolutely proper that the left be associated with red, which is precisely why they were intentionally reversed, in the hope that the switch would go unnoticed. It was unnoticed by most, but not all. There is a reason the term "Pinko" was created!

Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 12:53 PM

JimTHX in New Jersey said:

Do you have any idea how racist is sounds every time you refer to our president as Barack HUSSEIN Obama? With the clear emphasis on HUSSEIN? The only other time we have paid any attention at all to a president's middle name or initials was in the case of the George Bushes where the middle initials [W or HW] were important discriminators between the two different presidents.

Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Al Green said:

Craig, only one Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin, was a deist, but not for life. Franklin, raised an Anglican Christian, toyed with many philosophical theories, including deism. But, later in life, he repudiated deism as an unreasonable assumption and spent his last years faithfully attending the Anglican Church.

Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Constitution Guy Jeff Lewis said:

Barack Obama is the first president since Woodrow Wilson to so openly mock our Founding Documents. Leaving the word "creator" from his reading of this line from the Declaration of Independence was certainly no accident.Please help to get out the vote next week. It is the most important election in decades.

Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 1:15 PM