Consider these statements:

“I am an American Citizen, therefore, I have these rights…”

– or –

“These rights are granted to me by the Constitution…”

– or –

“The U.S. Government gives me these rights…”

All of the above statements are WRONG. Yet most people probably wouldn’t take issue with them.

Your government does not grant you rights. Government is an institution designed to acknowledge and protect your rights.

The constitution did not grant your rights. It was a document designed to define and limit the power of government. The Bill of Rights enumerates your rights, but it did not create them.

Your Individual Rights are inherent in being human. It doesn’t matter where or when you were born – you have the same rights. The only difference is the degree to which they are violated by the government you live under.