What Is An ‘Unalienable Right’? Secretary Of State Seeks To Start Debate With New Commission
Tue, July 9, 2019 at 1:45
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Second paragraph of the Declaration of Independenc…

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 pusuit of Happiness. […] (go read the REST of the second paragraph)

Inalienable or unalienable? The difference is?

U.S. Secretary of State Mike PompeoThe topic of human rights, specifically, unalienable rights, is a topic near and dear to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s heart.

He first became interested in the discussion of what constitutes a “right” and the difference between unalienable rights, positive rights, and negative rights while taking a class as a cadet at West Point. There, he “studied the intersection of human rights law and warfare and confronted essential questions about human rights and how best to protect them,” Pompeo wrote in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal. He continued to mull these questions over in law school at Harvard, and throughout his career as an attorney and legislator, a senior State Department official told The Daily Wire.

When he was nominated to be the next secretary of state, Pompeo wanted to finally address the issue of rights, but he inherited a department that lacked political appointees and faced numerous conflicts abroad. Those conflicts still exist, as do new ones, but political positions have been filled, so Pompeo can now focus on an issue he is passionate about.

The Commission on Unalienable Rights, which was announced on Monday, will be led by Mary Ann Glendon, a Harvard Law School professor and the former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See. The panel will include “academics, philosophers, activists, Republicans, Democrats and independents,” Fox News reported. The commission, which will meet publicly and allow the general public to submit questions and ideas, will focus on basic questions such as:

What does it mean to say that something is an unalienable right?

How do we know that claim is true?

Should some rights be inextricably linked to others?

What happens when rights claims conflict?

Further, the commission will seek to discover whether “rights” groups such as Amnesty International are having an impact. […] (go read the rest)

The ENTIRE second paragraph follows:

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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. [END of paragraph)

Some say “inalienable rights”. The second paragraph says “unalienable rights” What’s the difference? It all depends upon which dictionary one uses. I use the 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary.

unalienable: UNA’LIENABLE, a. Not alienable; that cannot be alienated; that may not be transferred; as unalienable rights.

inalienable: INA’LIENABLE, a. [L. alieno, alienus.] Unalienable; that cannot be legally or justly alienated or transferred to another. The dominions of a king are inalienable. All men have certain natural rights which are inalienable. The estate of a minor is inalienable, without a reservation of the right of redemption, or the authority of the legislature.

Unalienable rights come from God. Inalienable rights come from Man. Period. End of discussion. When you read the ENTIRE second paragraph in the Declaration of Independence you WILL see the difference!

Sic vis pacem para bellum
Fight Accordingly

Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum
(If you want peace, prepare for war.)
Sic Semper Tyrannis!
Death to Tyrants

“Be still and know that I am God: …” Psalm 46:10

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