I was reading MiFi earlier and saw a post about a fun exchange (story/email) between an Army recruiter and a gay black man. Among all the humor, name calling, and general ignorance, the recruiter says:
YOU SHOULD SAY THANK YOU MILITARY PEOPLE FOR WHAT YOU DO SO THAT YOU CAN LIVE A FREE LIFE IN THE COUNTRY. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. THE US MILITARY GIVE YOU THAT FREEDOM OF SPEECH SO THAT YOU CAN SEND EMAILS LIKE THIS ONE TO US.
to which user Rumple said:
Surely the freedom is given by the US Constitution. But, getting this backwards does explain an awful lot about the US MILITARY.
and user kafziel responded:
Actually, it’s given by Providence and inherent to humanity. The Constitution protects it from infringement.
Which was a pretty good was of stating what had always been my vague options but I had always found hard to put into any sort of meaningful explanation. Curious, I did some searches to see what was documented on source of freedom, rights, and liberty as defined in the Constitution. After a couple dead ends, I found my way onto this Wikipedia page on Natural Rights as well as this one on Inalienable rights.
Among other things, my reading lead me to the conclusions that:
1) I give Government and it’s agencies (including the Army) their rights, not the other way around.
2) Unjust Governments and unjust laws have no rights, and if anything – the social contract requires their destruction.
3) The claim by our president that non-US citizens have no rights is in direct contradiction with the premise behind the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence.