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Dr. Gingrich on the Natural Rights of Mankind

April 19, 2012

All living organisms possess an instinct for self-preservation.    Birds fly away, mammals run, and fish swim from danger.  These animals will also turn and fight if they, their young, or their territories are in peril.  Self-preservation and self-protection are therefore Natural Rights, and essential to Life.  They cannot be taken, sold, transferred, or given away for they are intrinsic characteristics of both humans and animals.

Dr. Gingrich said in a recent speech that,

“A Gingrich Presidency will submit to the United Nations a treaty that extends the right to bear arms as a human right for every person on the planet, because every person on the planet deserves the right to defend themselves from those who would oppress them, exploit them, rape them, or kill them.” [1]

Superficially, this sounds like a grandiose plan, but in reality even oppressed people retain their Natural Rights, and Dr. Gingrich makes this abundantly clear:

“Our Declaration of Independence did not say ‘We Americans’.  It is a Universal document.  ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL men are created equal’, not ‘All Americans’.” [1]

A first step in helping people to free themselves from tyranny is to acknowledge that they have rights which are Universal and unalienable.  Instead of being a grandiose idea, Dr. Gingrich places before us a very simple truth – all of us are equal, and each has the Natural Right to actively pursue safety and security for ourselves, our families, and our property.

The corollary to this right of self-preservation is self-determination.  The minnow that instinctively swims away from a bigger fish has at some level determined that a threat exists and naturally exercises the right of self-preservation.

Humanity is under attack by an elite class of individuals.  There is very little difference between a terrorist and a government which seeks to control every aspect of daily life.  Both see themselves as our betters and devise ways to take Natural Rights from us.  Dr. Gingrich reminds us that we do not have to tolerate oppression, regardless of its origin or the motives behind it. 



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  1. Annie permalink

    ‘, 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,’

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