The Great Arizona Mafia (Part 1)
By Dave Hodges at Freedom’s Phoenix
Thomas Jefferson stated that in our system of justice, we are endowed with certain inalienable rights. Our rights are largely protected by the Bill of Rights. Ideally, under the Bill of Rights, the government does not grant these rights because they are inalienable. In other words, government does not bestow these rights, nor can government take away these rights. Hence, Jefferson used the term “inalienable.” Further, in our system of justice, the government exists to serve the people, not the other way around. Therefore, we frequently use the term “ Constitutional Republic” in describing our system of government. At this point, you must be wondering why I am offering a sixth grade civics lesson. The answer is simple, Americans have become so woefully ignorant as to their constitutional heritage, that we fail to recognize that our Constitution is on life support and our individual liberties, especially our collective property rights, are in danger.
The United States is rushing into a jurisprudence system which could best be described as communitarianism. In communitarian law, citizens also have individual liberties. However, unlike a constitutional system of law, government grants these liberties. If government can grant individual liberties, then they can also take away the individual rights of citizens (e.g., the right to bear arms, freedom of speech, being free from warrant less searches, habeas corpus, freedom from self-incrimination, avoidance of cruel and unusual punishment, being deprived of property without due process of law, etc.). Communitarianism is no more than a bunch of organized criminals, called politicians, who conspire to use the law to deprive people of their previously inalienable rights.