From the December 2009 Idaho Observer:

The Declaration of Independence


UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights

(Excerpted from Sustainable Development, and Understanding Sustainable Development - Agenda 21, by Michael Shaw)

On July 4, 1776, by unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, it was written, “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.”

On December 10, 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” The Assembly then called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and “to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories.”

“Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

“Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

“Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law….

Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms….

Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.”

Property Rights

Under the American system, individuals decide and direct the terms of their lives. This theory of Liberty presupposes that an individual’s rights are inherent to his nature, that man’s rights are unalienable, that each person is independent, and that justice must be dispensed equally. Private property begins with each physical person, extends to his thoughts, proceeds as expression, and results in something he creates. If any agent of force denies him the free use of his property, it also denies him the liberty necessary to advance his life. As George Washington said, “Private property and freedom are inseparable.”

On the other hand, under the political theory behind contemporary globalism, the permission to have and use property is obtained by way of government grant. This is because people grant Human rights,” and, as such, people can take them away.

Equal Justice vs Social Justice

The American Judicial system that protects individual rights is based on the principle of “equal justice.” It supports true diversity - a respect for the independence and unalienable rights of the individual, and genuine tolerance for individuality. Equal Justice puts a checkmate on mob rule.

The UN Declaration, however, presents a system of human rights that operates in concert with the pursuit of “social justice,” law formulated to obtain government’s social objectives at the expense of individual liberty. The California “fish land” ordinance, adopted by central California, by decree of ecology planners, has dedicated much of the coastal mountain ranges as fish land. Although the UN Declaration states that “Property shall not be arbitrarily taken,” since a central authority declared that human relocation is not “arbitrary” under the fish land ordinance, no violation can be claimed.

Individual Rights vs Community Rights

Under the Declaration of Independence, the purpose of government is to protect the natural or unalienable rights of each individual.

Under the UN Declaration of Human Rights, government’s purpose is to control the individual for the greater good of the global community. Article 29 states, “In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society; These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

In short, under the US Declaration of Independence, man is born with rights and government exists to protect them; you and the product of your labor belong to you. Under the UN Declaration, government grants, restricts or withdraws your rights according to its needs. You and the product of your labor belong to the community.

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