Political History, The Rights of The Citizenry;
Political history - The Rights of The Citizens, historical sayings and writings of some of our founding fathers. Presented by TTC Media, GVLN and WTLN
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Political History, The Rights of The Citizenry; What It Means For Today By; Chuck Thompson of TTC Media http://www.GloucesterCounty-VA.com John Adams, 1765Let the bar proclaim, “the laws, the rights, the generous plan of power” delivered from remoteantiquity, inform the world of the mighty struggles and numberless sacrifices made by our ancestors indefense of freedom. Let it be known that British liberties are not the grants of princes or parliaments but original rights,conditions of original contracts, coequal with prerogative, (exemption, immunity), and coeval withgovernment;, (coeval – contemporary, existing, occurring at the same time), that many of our rights areinherent and essential. Let them search for foundations of laws and government in the frame of humannature, in the constitution of the intellectual and moral world. There let us see the truth, liberty, justice, and benevolence are its everlasting basis; and if these couldbe removed, the superstructure is overthrown of course. Thomas Jefferson, 1803Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper byconstruction. I say the same as the opinion of those who consider the grant of the treaty-making poweras boundless. If it is, then we have no constitution. If it has bounds, they can be no others than thedefinitions of the powers which that instrument gives. Henry D Thoreau, 1849There will never be a really free and enlightened State until State comes to recognize the individual as ahigher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats himaccordingly.If we are to plan for our future, we must first look at our past and ask questions of our present. Havewe strayed from the original path?