When Politics Tread on “Natural Law”

John Locke (1632–1704) as well as Plato and Aristotle were among the most influential philosophers of their day. In Locke’s Two Treatises of Government, he defended the claim that men are by nature free and equal against claims that God had made all people naturally subject to a monarch. He argued that people have rights, such as the right to life, liberty, and property that have a foundation independent of the laws of any particular society.

For the Golden Rule — Confucius around 500 BC had the following for one to live by: “Do not impose on others what you do not wish for yourself.” In the Christian Bible Matthew wrote what Jesus said for one to live by “So whatever you wish that others would do to you do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

In our Declaration of Independence the writers of the document had agreed that natural law was prominent in man from birth, that life liberty and happiness springs from our birth naturally in every human being. That no one has the right to subjugate one from it without permission.

Let’s look at the second paragraph to the Declaration of Independence:

“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. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,”

Politicians today take from one and give to the other, in some cases this is fine for a short period of time in order to help the needy pull themselves up and care for themselves, but we all know it has become permanent for some, even generational for families. Benjamin Franklin once said make them uncomfortable in poverty so they will not stay in it, government should make them uncomfortable in poverty.  However, politicians today enable people to stay in poverty and do this for votes and reelection. The two major party system today, Republican and Democrat, virtually assures them the seats of power, because most people don’t have the backing or money to win enough to become elected and to straighten out the onslaught on an individual’s natural rights, so those (politicians) of the Republican and Democrat party keep winning decades long.

If you can understand the base of natural law concerning life, liberty and happiness one can easily tell if politicians are taking you for a ride when they propose a piece of legislation. Today it’s a healthcare bill, but its true nature will violate, “life, liberty and happiness”; all three. Just think what it will do to you: encroach on your personal “liberty” of choice, make healthcare expensive causing it to diminish your “happiness” and may even cost you your “life” due to choices available and costs of premiums.

Remember the “natural laws” you were born with and use it as your measure for anything that would get in the way of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. And you will easily be able to tell if you are being taken for the ride of your “life” by politicians that are supposed to have all our natural rights at heart and not just a few they have enslaved to reelect them time after time.

What did Ronald Reagan say about Socialized medicine? One thing is for sure it diminishes, “Life, Liberty and Happiness”; all three of the “Natural Laws”

 

Further reading on basic needs: Socialism Does It Fit Mankind

 

What defines a Constitutional Conservative

There have been articles written that define a Constitutional Conservative.  Are they a basic Conservative or an Independent, maybe Libertarian, some other label? What positions define a Constitutional Conservative’s core beliefs? Maybe the Declaration of Independence will reveal a clue?

As part of the Declaration of Independence of July 1776 proclaimed:

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. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

When reading the Declaration of Independence, one could reasonably come away with an overall impression of what a Constitutional Conservative is. The Declaration of Independence is a resolution of past abuses by a tyrannical government from abroad. A government that has controlled mistreated and encroached on the lives, liberties and happiness of its people. The Declaration of Independence outlines that everyone has the basic right to Life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

After winning our independence from England, we decided to establish a new Constitution. This Constitution was a compact between the people, written in such a way as to limit the powers of a newly formed government over a people. Powers that would be limited in scope, so as to ensure our natural rights to existence and independence while pursuing what makes us content.

Surely every good person can agree that an individual has the basic right to their life and certainly their freedom while pursuing a course to their own happiness. In doing so, we expect the least amount of intrusion from a governing power.

The Declaration of Independence is the corner stone, the premise of our natural rights we are born with and the driving force behind the construction of our U.S. Constitution we have today.

Defining a Constitutional Conservative should be simple and based on one’s natural born rights. These natural rights are the driver for our Constitution, a U.S. Constitution that ensures those rights. Therefore, a Constitutional Conservative should be one who supports our U.S. Constitution because it’s constructed in such a fashion as to ensure our natural rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; the core of our position.