Matt Winey: Rights given by God

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To the editor:

It is clear from the Declaration of Independence that our founding fathers believed in a creator and that it is this creator that gives us our rights. When God gives our rights it means that man cannot change them or man is acting against the will of his creator when he does. If our creator gives us our rights it means that they are eternal and man is wrong whenever he takes away the rights of another or even changes them. God given rights, as understood by our founding fathers are few in numbers, but are all powerful in what they mean to each of us. God given rights also come with great responsibility to each of us to be virtuous in our dealings with others. And also when we harm or take away the rights of another person we are to be held accountable for such actions. On the other hand, as progressives believe that it is man himself, government or democracy that can decide the rights we have, our rights can change simply by the will of man. This is the reason that the laws of our land and the dealings of government over us have changed since progressive thought has crept into the politics of our country (beginning around 1900). And is the reason that I argue that progressive thought has been the slow death of the liberties and freedoms and responsibilities that were assured to us by the context of the law of the land as it was ratified by the 13 states at the time of our founding. This law is, or was, contained in our U.S. Constitution until progressive thought has caused amendments that are against the laws of nature and of natures god to be added to our constitution. Very few amendments to our U.S. Constitution have attempted to protect our rights as given to us by our creator, but there have been a few. That subject is for another time and place but hopefully that also happens in this land as many are trying to return this country to what it once was and not to advance any farther in the direction progressive thought is trying to take us.

Matt Winey

Craig resident

Bears Ears Patriots

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