04 July 2012

"We hold these truths. . ." (Updated)

A concise commentary on the Declaration of Independence. . .this well-worth the 10 mins or so it will take to read.  Excellent information and explication.


What are “unalienable,” or more commonly, “inalienable rights”?  Inalienable rights are those you cannot give up even if you want to and consent.  Unlike other alienable rights that you can consent to transfer or waive.  Why inalienable rights?  The Founders want to counter England’s claim that by accepting the colonial governance, the colonists had alienated their rights.  The Framers claimed that with inalienable rights, you always retain the ability to take back any right that has been given up.

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE:  This is why the internet was invented:  The Declaration of Independence, Fixed.

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