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Is Internet Access Now a Basic Human Right?

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In our current political debate, people are constantly talking about their rights. It’s not hard to find people discussing a supposed right to free birth control, a right to broadband internet, or whatever the cause of the day happens to be. But most of us throw around the term “right” without ever stopping to consider what it actually means.

If we want our government and our Constitution to be effective at protecting our rights, then we need to make sure that we understand what a legitimate right actually is. So let’s go back to the basics and discuss this idea a natural rights.

As I explained this weekend on TheBlaze Radio’s Chris Salcedo Show, your right are those areas of your life that belong only to you. They are so personal that no one can violate them without also violating your humanity:

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Why it Matters When the Government Violates our Constitution

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If you’re anything like me, you are extremely troubled by the fact that the federal government almost completely disregards our Constitution. But when you talk with your friends and family about it, a lot of them aren’t terribly concerned. They just can’t see why the government violating our Constitution matters to them personally.

Most of the people I talk to have never lived outside the United States, so living in a relatively safe and peaceful country is all they’ve ever known. It’s hard for them to imagine anything else. Because of that, when I try to explain to them the dangers that an out of control government poses to regular people their immediate reaction is to shug their shoulders and say, “Yeah… but that could never happen here.”

But as I explained this weekend on TheBlaze Radio’s Chris Salcedo Show, we have to change that mindset:

There are governments all over the world that do horrific things to the people in their countries. And remember, all men are created equal. So if the people in those other countries are fundamentally the same as you and me, why can’t it happen here?

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Dear President Obama, About that Commander in Chief Thing…

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th-1I’m happy to see that you’ve finally come to the decision that we need to actively confront the evil of Islamic terrorism. However, the approach you have decided to take is very dangerous. You see, it’s about that Commander in Chief thing. For the second time during your presidency, you’ve chosen to use the American military without getting Congressional approval. That’s a big problem.

I know that you’ve read our Constitution before because you taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago. So you should already know that the Constitution doesn’t say that you are the Commander in Chief of our military. In Article 2, Section 2 it clearly states that:

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several states, when called into the actual Service of the United States… (emphasis added)

The last part of that sentence is extremely important. It means that you don’t get to decide when to use our military. Only Congress gets to make that decision. Your role is simply to direct our armed forces after they have been called into service. Until then, you do not have the legitimate authority to order our military to confront an enemy that Congress hasn’t authorized.

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