Saturday, March 3, 2018

Natural Rights, Second Amendment and Right of Revolution

The Second Amendment protects the right of American citizens to keep and bear arms. Recognizing this, the Framers enshrined it in the Constitution to protect the liberty of American citizens. They did so not for arbitrary reasons or as a matter of their historical circumstances but as part of a logical and coherent understanding of man and the purpose of government.
Natural Rights and the American Regime
The American regime is based on natural law, natural rights, and the social compact. The political theory of the founding may be found in the Declaration of Independence. It may be succinctly stated.
First, all men are by nature equal. No man is born so superior in talent and wisdom that he may by right rule over another. Thomas Jefferson eloquently expressed this when he wrote, “The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God.” Second, the state of nature is defective and not amenable to human flourishing and the protection of man’s natural rights. It may be defined as the “absence of organized political society and of government.” The state of nature also occurs when government breaks down. Third, the defects of the state of nature require the institution of government to protect the rights of those who consent to be governed.  Read More>>>

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