Do we derive our Rights from governments and did they create us or we them? Are they the Law and therefore, above the Law?
“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 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.”
Funny thing. We now have a president that can routinely break the law, and uses the IRS and other agencies to break the law and at least one democratic candidate who has a record of law breaking without accountability. It brings up the question, can the government break the law? In many people’s eyes, particular those with an atheistic worldview, (which often includes many christians) the government is the law and can make rights and take rights at will (including redistributing the citizens wealth); but not according to our constitution.
According to the declaration of Independence, the document our constitution is based upon, men derive rights from God, and governments derive their powers from men. Governments then are not above the law, and according to the declaration of Independence governments can and will go rogue, no longer respecting citizen rights and freedoms and becoming mere vehicles for those in power to obtain their own agenda, even to the hurt of their own people – such governments can and must be held accountable to the basic laws and freedoms of men and women, and particularly those rights derived from our Creator.