The three rights of all mankind

What were your rights under the original understanding of the U.S. Constitution?

We were born free with The three rights of all mankind.

  • Here is the understanding of our rights under the original founding of the United States.
  • According to the Declaration of Independence, Governments are instituted among men to secure Creator-endowed unalienable rights. You had a God-given right to your free-will.  The received-law-of-the-land recognized your right to your free-will.
  • It is because you had an unalienable right to your free-will that governments must protect you from all known methods of compulsion.

We are all created equal. My essay  Freedom in America   is the sad story of our lost freedom.

  • No equal would ever salute another equal. One only salutes superiors.  Equals will not consent to be governed.
  • This is a short essay to prove that you waived your rights, even your religious liberty.
  • You were free from federal laws until you volunteered.
  • You volunteered by applying for federal benefits.

The Declaration of Independence declares what rights are in one long sentence:

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.

The ONLY rights mentioned in The Declaration of Independence are unalienable Creator-granted rights. They are God-given.  They are not granted by government.  There is NO mention of civil rights.  Your God-given rights are to be secured by government — which is the ONLY reason governments are instituted among men.
I will now prove that in the United States “the rights of all mankind” are the rights that government was instituted among men to secure.
The purpose of government was to protect your God-given free will from all known methods of compulsion.    Here is the proof.
The common law in colonial America had three human rights (called “the rights of all mankind” and also called “the residuum of natural liberty”  — quoted below) that could never be surrendered to government: The right to personal liberty, the right to self-defense, and the right to own private property. The English common law considered these to be the residual of natural liberty which could never be “required by the laws of society to be sacrificed to public convenience … ” The preservation of these rights, inviolate, secured the preservation of civilized society (according to the introduction to the 1769 book Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Law, Book 4 — this link is to an 1803 revision that includes American law.)
The rights themselves, thus defined by these several statutes, consist in a number of private immunities, which will appear, from what has been premised, to be indeed no other, than either that residuum of natural liberty, which is not required by the laws of society to be sacrificed to public convenience; or else those civil privileges, which society hath engaged to provide, in lieu of the natural liberties so given up by individuals. These, therefore, were formerly, either by inheritance or purchase, the rights of all mankind; but, in most other countries of the world being now more or less debased and destroyed, they at present may be said to remain, in a peculiar and emphatical manner, the rights of the people of England. And these may be reduced to three principal or primary articles; the right of personal security, the right of personal liberty, and the right of private property: because, as there is no other known method of compulsion, or of abridging man’s natural free will, but by an infringement or diminution of one or other of these important rights, the preservation of these, inviolate, may justly be said to include the preservation of our civil immunities in their largest and most extensive sense. “
That was the understanding of American rights under the U. S. Constitution in 1803 Virginia.
The Constitution does not change.  If you are now subject to government compulsion, there must be a reason.  What did you sign that ensnared yourself to legalities that you did not understand? The answers are in my eBook The Citizen Cannot Complain.
You may also be interested in my short essay Freedom in America.