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May 10 2017

The Constitution Protects Our Rights

The Constitution of the United States protects the natural rights of the individual against interference by the government. A natural right is a fundamental freedom or privilege that exists in a natural state prior to the formation of any government or system of laws. A short list of basic rights includes: life, liberty, property, and opportunity.

The first ten amendments to the Constitution of the U.S. (The Bill of Rights) list various ways in which government interference might infringe upon those natural rights and prohibits the government from doing that.

In general, the Constitution of the U.S. does not guarantee or provide these rights, but prevents the government from interfering with efforts to acquire the means to exercise the rights.

Case in point: health care is NOT a right, it is a service that can be obtained by exchange with individuals providing it. There is a natural right to life and supply of air, shelter, water, energy, food, and health care are closely related to that. But the Constitution does not guarantee or provide air, shelter, water, energy, or food either. It does restrict or constrain the government from interfering with the efforts of the individual to procure these commodities and services that are essential to life.