Washington Post Says “We The People” Are Sovereign

Posted: July 4, 2015 in Politics

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The Declaration stipulates that those who govern the people are supposed “to secure” their pre-existing rights, not impose the will of a majority of the people on the minority. And, as the Virginia Declaration of Rights made explicit, these inalienable rights cannot be surrendered “by any compact.” So the “consent of the governed” cannot be used to override the inalienable rights of the sovereign people.

The political theory announced in the Declaration of Independence can be summed up by the proposition I mentioned above: First come rights, and then comes government. According to this view:

  • The rights of individuals do not originate with any government, but pre-exist its formation.
  • The protection of these rights is both the purpose and first duty of government.
  • Even after government is formed, these rights provide a standard by which its performance is measured and, in extreme cases, its systemic failure to protect rights—or its systematic violation of rights—can justify its alteration or abolition.
  • At least some of these rights are so fundamental that they are “inalienable,” meaning they are so intimately connected to one’s nature as a human being that they cannot be transferred to another even if one consents to do so.

Full Story @ [Washington Post]

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Comments
  1. StBernardnot says:

    Now if we can get it through the thick heads of .gov of all stenches we got it made! Yeah. Right.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. whatistruth says:

    The Constitution, not the Declaration, is the supreme law of the land, pursuant to Article 6, Clause 2, i.e. the Supremacy Clause.

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