The idea of "Natural" or "God-Given" Rights is as old as humanity. In the absence of government, there are things we will do. We will speak as we choose, worship as we choose, defend our lives and property, own property among myriad others, but I would say these are the foremost. Government can only take these Rights away, they cannot confer them, since they already exist.
We are now in a time of great risk. Our most fundamental Rights are under attack as never before. The City of New York wishes to limit free speech so as to appease Muslims. (If you don't want to be compared to savages, stand up to those who act like savages.) Obamacare abridges your Right to defend your life by limiting the medical care you can receive. You cannot even pay cash. The UN Small Arms treaty seeks to take away your Right to defend your life as well. Our government intends to sign on to it. NDAA takes away your Right to be secure in your property. The War on Drugs takes your property without due process.
Where am I going with this? Not to a "Vote Romney" because he is little better (I intend to hold my nose and vote for him, but I have no intention of spending a ton of time extolling his virtues). It is only to warn you about the future. The past is exactly that. We got here through 50 years of apathy. We allowed government to slowly erode our Rights and to indoctrinate our children to government dependency. It will not be reversed in one election...or two...or maybe many, many more. I do not expect to live long enough to see the turn-around. I hope my children or grandchildren do.
They are the reason for this Blog.