Fundamentals 1 -- Rights
Rights do not come from government.
Governments are instituted among men to secure Creator-endowed unalienable rights.
Governments are NOT instituted to destroy unalienable rights (except for felons and government wards and government employees). Governments can also deny citizenship privileges to fugitives, vagabonds and paupers.
Rights do not come from the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights restricts the federal government, but not state governments.
People in States are not protected by the first eight amendments.
Liberty is partially defined by the U.S. Supreme Court. They waited for a home-schooling case before they gave a partial definition in Meyers v. Nebraska 262 US 390 at page 399:
"Without doubt, it denotes not merely freedom from bodily restraint but also the right of the individual to contract, to engage in any of the common occupations of life, to acquire useful knowledge, to marry, establish a home and bring up children, to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience, and generally to enjoy those privileges long recognized at common law as essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men."
The power to tax is the power to destroy. Does government that is instituted among men to secure "...the right of the individual to contract, to engage in any of the common occupations of life..." have the power to destroy that which it was created to secure?
Liberty is also defined in the received law-of-the-land as freedom from all known methods of coercion.
We are born free, with the rights of all mankind.
We are all created equal. We are endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights.
Governments are instituted among men to secure Creator-endowed unalienable rights. Government is an artificial entity created on paper by "equals". The "equals" are responsible for controlling what they create.
If we are all equal, then where will equals find subordinates that can be controlled? Their artificial entity cannot be run by equals (who have no duty to obey other equals); it can only be run by subordinates.
You had a right to your God-given free will -- until you voluntarily waived your rights.
Rights only come with responsibilities. There is a reason that you do not have rights.
Government now encourages us to be irresponsible. The same government that once required us to be responsible.
People are tricked out of their rights by legalities they did not understand.
The civil laws reduce an ungrateful freeman to slavery. The maxim is found in every law dictionary:
"The civil laws reduce an ungrateful freedman to his original slavery"
Libertinum ingratum leges civiles in pristinam servitutem redigunt.
You lost your rights when you voluntarily confessed, on a permanent irrevocable federal document, that you are an ungrateful socialist who cannot manage your own life. In order to do this, you had to deny that we are created equal, you had to covet your neighbors' wealth, you had to worship grave images, you had to change your citizenship, and you had to bow down to a graven master/ provider/ protector/ lord. And you agreed to swear oaths (contrary to Matthew 5:34 and James 5:12).
* (even though contrary to ethical standards and millennia of moral principles)