- - Thursday, June 30, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

On July 4 we recognize the Declaration of Independence, which defines the American dream of inalienable natural rights including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Constitution establishes a government to secure those rights by promoting the general welfare and the blessings of liberty.

Whatever the Constitution further defines relies upon natural human rights independent of and superior to any government construction. They are intangible property sourced in personal opinion, religion, communications, use of abilities to labor physically, mentally and in conscience. Only by application of these inherent rights can one truly possess material things.

The American dream never meant government largesse ensuring college funds, retirement accounts, savings, executive severance packages, affordable health care, homeownership, lifetime employment, corporate wealth, political careers or union benefits. Politicians have become patricians, promising these enchanting elements of material security while obscuring subservience to rules vastly increasing their power. Their legislation and laws negate our Bill of Rights, confiscating freedoms for these apparitions.

Accomplishing this fraud requires passing administrative laws and regulations that are the soft underbelly of our Constitution. Under English common law, basic to our Constitution, a person is innocent and not subject to the penalties of the law until proved guilty. Administrative laws and regulations, on the other hand, are like Roman civil law, under which a person is subject to penalties and restrictions until they find legal means to extricate themselves. Now citizens unconsciously and routinely make Faustian bargains, willingly exchanging the essence of their humanity for illusions of material comfort.

NOLAN NELSON

Eugene, Ore.

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