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Rights! All Kinds Of Rights!


Have you ever heard someone say, perhaps even to you, you have no right to tell me what to do?   Sometimes folks get a little huffy about being told "what to do".  Why do you think that is?  Could it be that a "right" has something to do with who is saying it, something to do with authority?


Going first to Webster to see what he has to say about rights.  Aha!   There it is: the noun right (not the adj. or adv.) has to do with "authority; legal power.  We, (states Webster) have no right to disturb others in the enjoyment of their religious opinions."   We, he says, don’t have the authority to tell others what to believe.  Only God has total authority in every realm of life to tell us what to do-unless He has delegated that right or authority to someone.


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"You," we read above, "have no right to tell me what to do!"   No wonder folks sometimes get huffy about that!  Usurped authority is always resented.


So, thinking about our title, what kinds of authority or rights do we have?   Lots of rights!   Webster tells us there are "natural, civil, political, religious, personal and public (rights)."


Certain rights/authority are ours having been given/delegated to us as a result of our position or office: legislators, judges, elders; some because of the responsibility laid on us by God: fathers, mothers, neighbors; and some are ours because they came with us at birth as our Declaration of Independence states: "all men are created equal, ...they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."


When we think of rights as being our right to do or think or speak because we have the God-given authority to do so, we see rights in an entirely different light.


I, friend, have the right to do only that which is beneficial to me and to others for authority, according to the Scriptures, is for the benefit of the one over whom it is exercised.  That, wouldn’t you say, obviously, includes every kind of right, all kinds of rights!  And rights that are synonymous with authority come, wouldn’t you say, with the responsibility to be responsible?


Quoted in Federalist No. 03-16 on 14 April 2003 (Monday Brief) The Federalist’s ... mission is to provide Constitutional Conservatives with a quick-reading e-journal digesting a wide spectrum of reliable information from reputable research, advocacy and media organizations....ABOUT THE FEDERALIST: Link to:

The Federalist is a publication of Publius Press, Inc. Copyright © 1981-2003 Publius Press, Inc. All rights reserved.  The Federalist is a Town Hall Citizen Organization

Question: Who made the following statement? Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay.  That is the only American principle.


ANSWER: "Franklin Delano Roosevelt stated that, "Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay.  That is the only American principle."  [He] funded unconstitutional government growth with unconstitutional taxation, justified by his accounting (and) did more damage to Federalism than any president in our nation's history."   (An example of usurped authority, Ed)


Posted 02/22/2006 by Jesus B Sonsona Jr


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