Freedom is a gift that we Americans treasure.
However because it is a gift doesn't mean that it didn't cost anything. Someone had to
pay the price for it, and sometimes it was a very great price. The question is what are we going to do with this gift? One thing we can do
is to honor those who gave it to us. One group that comes to mind is our veterans. One
way to honor them is to make sure the freedoms and rights they so valiantly fought for are
preserved to pass on to future generations of Americans.
The name of this project is the American Rights Project. Its
purpose is to make sure we have and keep all our freedoms so we may pass them on to America's children.
The dictionary defines a right as something to which
one has a just claim. Rights have never come easily to people throughout history. In 1215,
the Magna Carta (as it came to be called) was not given by the goodwill of the king but by
the English barons standing up for their rights.
In the USA we don't say rights come from a king or even the
government, so where do they come from? The Declaration of Independence says: "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." Rights come from our Creator. Unalienable means incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or
transferred. Other statements about rights in the different state declarations of that
time contain this same idea. The Constitution of New Hampshire of 1784 talks about rights
in Article 2: "all men have certain natural, essential, and inherent rights." Rights are
"inherent" in man and aren't given by a king or by a government.