It’s hilarious that U. S. government agencies are looking for and monitoring Americans who identify themselves as conservatives, constitutionalist, libertarians, homeschoolers, homesteaders, preppers, survivalists, off-the-gridders, vets, and patriots of our founding principles. Incredible that a patriot is considered a “dangerous threat” to this country. I might say, not to this country, but more precisely to this government. To that point, we are a threat.
There is another group on the radar of the FBI and NSA: the “sovereign citizen movement.” I don’t know enough about the movement to have an informed opinion about it. I do have a very strong opinion about violent anarchists who excuse their crimes in the name of “natural rights.”
Let’s consider natural rights. Natural rights are synonymous with inalienable rights, or God-given rights, individual liberties. These rights are given us by our Creator. Given to individuals, not governments, not groups of people, not classes of people. And given equally to all persons individually. Given to each human being on the planet.
Our God-given rights are inalienable—they can’t be taken away by man or by government. Our inalienable rights can only be taken away from us involuntarily by God, or voluntarily by us individually. When you encroach on someone else’s natural rights, a crime usually, you voluntarily give up some of your own rights, i.e. you go to jail.
No man is 100% sovereign who chooses to live in society with his fellows. As Founder John Jay wrote in Federalist Papers No. 2:
“Nothing is more certain than the indispensable necessity of government, and it is equally undeniable, that whenever and however it is instituted, the people must cede to it some of their natural rights in order to vest it with requisite powers.”
We citizens of the Republic of these United States are agreeable. We’re adults; we know, to get along we must go along—at least to a reasonable degree. We’re not children who run around ignoring the laws we don’t like, who do whatever we want when we want.
Natural right is not a license for lawlessness. We voluntarily trade some of our personal sovereignty in exchange for secure and orderly society with our fellows. We are not completely exempt from obeying man’s laws unless those laws encroach beyond those natural rights necessarily traded to maintain the minimum of an orderly society.
Every child of God, every human soul, is a sovereign citizen of God’s creation here and in the hereafter. Just as we were given reason in His likeness, so too He calls us to communion with one another. In the light of His good favor, let us exercise our great inheritance with reason, vigilance, sacrifice, love and mutual respect.
Let’s keep the traffic lights, ok?