Though not American in origin, the bedrock principle that underlies everything else our Founding Fathers and the Framers of the Constitution said since are found in these simple words, enshrined in 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.“
Advanced here is a metaphysical and theological, if not religious concept that is so obvious to our forefathers that the truth of it is deemed self-evident, requiring no further argument to defend the assertion; it is prima facie, true on its face. The innate natural law proposition is simple, anthropological, and historical: the rights of men precede government. Governments do not bestow rights upon people. This distinction is crucial to understanding American government as it was formed and instituted. People lend their God-given authority to governments. The rights of people are irrevocable while the authority people lend to Government is temporary and conditional.
In 1776, this was the New World Order. No longer would men, women, and children live as subjects under the divine right of a king or a parliament of lords as a vestige of royalty. Rejected was any notion that human dignity and hence all human rights and privilege derive from anywhere but God alone.
This is the yardstick by which America is measured. It was a great victory for all mankind.
Competing ideas continue to challenge this American perspective and the center of study and practice for Creator Endowed Unalienable Rights exists principally to advance a technical and practical comprehension of this enduring principle as applied in everyday life, and how to recognize when, how, and why it is being undermined, by whom, and their proposed alternatives.
More from the Declaration:
“–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 of 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government...”