Straight Up with Sherri

Monday, April 11, 2005



  • That cannot be transferred to another or others: inalienable rights.
  • incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or transferred
  • incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another; "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights"
  • not subject to forfeiture; "an unforfeitable right"

Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is at once the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson's most enduring monument. Here, in exalted and unforgettable phrases, Jefferson expressed the convictions in the minds and hearts of the American people. The political philosophy of the Declaration was not new; its ideals of individual liberty had already been expressed by John Locke and the Continental philosophers. What Jefferson did was to summarize this philosophy in "self-evident truths" and set forth a list of grievances against the King in order to justify before the world the breaking of ties between the colonies and the mother country......

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, 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, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security........

This document is the FOUNDING document. THE document that states the entire PURPOSE of founding our country, The United States of America. Inalienable Rights are the very reason cited for our creation of a government, GOVERNED BY THE PEOPLE. Stated in our INALIENABLE RIGHTS, LIFE is the first one listed. There is no citing of the "right to die." There is not a mention or reference to such a RIGHT. OUR RIGHT TO LIFE is NOT TRANSFERABLE to ANYONE; NOT A JUDGE, NOT A SPOUSE, NOT ANYONE- NOT EVEN TO OURSELVES!

If the "right to die" culture continues to succeed in propping up their "quality of life" mantra, they will continue to erode the very basis of our existence. Where does this group of men, government, get the idea that they have the RIGHT to cause the death of those deemed "unworthy" by any other man? NO black robe, no marriage certificate, no doctor's degree, entitles any MAN to such a right.



  • One very important issue that must be recognized is that only people have rights. These rights are granted to us individually by God. Subsequently, the Bill of Rights will be written to guarantee that these rights cannot be taken from us (the people). Governments or States have no rights. They have only powers and authorities granted them by the Constitution.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 10:24 AM  

  • There is no citing of the "right to die."

    So Sherri, I do not have the right to die? Is that what you're saying? LOL okaaaay.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:45 PM  

  • Anonymous,
    According to the founding fathers, No, you do not have a right to die. That is a right that the Creator reserves unto Himself.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 2:07 PM  

  • I also wish to be very expressive in this matter:
    Rights are like muscles, if you do not exercise them periodically, you will lose them!
    Apply that to your "right to die" policy and exercise it every now and then.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 2:13 PM  

  • Doesn't that mean I have no right to refuse medical treatment that will save my life?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:31 PM  

  • Anonymous,
    Of course you can deny medical treatment that may or may not kill you. What you cannot do is request medical treatment that will kill you for certain - including the forced withholding of natural sustenance!

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 5:37 PM  

  • When a person is on the verge of death only that person can express how they feel about death. So many things are going through the mind that a rational decision is probably hard to make. This is why I agree that to deny treatment is one thing but to want to be killed through medicine is another. And should not be allowed.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:21 PM  

  • Citing the Declaration of Independence as a legal document guaranteeing a right to life is like stating that the Gettysburg Address guarantees that our government, "...shall not perish from this earth."

    The Constitution is our basis of law, not the Declaration of Independence. For that reason, you don't hear intelligent people demanding a legal right to pursue happiness.

    Even if you do believe that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are legally guaranteed, there is no reason to then assume that they are the only rights that are guaranteed. As the Declaration states, they are simply among the rights; they do not represent all the rights.

    By Blogger DavidCyrus, at 11:21 PM  

  • If I refuse medical treatment that is certain to save me from impending death, how is that different from asserting my right to die (aka my personal liberty).

    I think when someone says "right to die", you are immediately translating that into "right to be killed." But I didn't say that or imply that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:26 PM  

  • David,
    You are absolutely correct. The Constitution spells out the operating procedures of our government and laws. But our society is still based upon the Declaration of Independence. Even the rights guaranteed by the Constitution have provisions to override them (due process). The Ninth Amendment states, "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." This is a guarantee that other rights do indeed exist!
    As I stated in an earlier conversation, one fantastic attribute about the Declaration is that it is immutable!

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 11:55 PM  

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