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According the U.S. Declaration of Independence, the only legitimate purpose of government is to secure human rights. Although our understanding of human rights has changed a great deal over the centuries, the idea of a nation of the people, by the people, and for the people remains the unrealized dream of liberal democracy.
  1. Freedom of Expression
  2. Religious Liberty
  3. The Right to Bear Arms
  4. Habeas Corpus

Freedom of Expression

New York City Rally

"The primacy of the word, basis of the human psyche, that has in our age been used for mind-bending persuasion and brain-washing pulp, disgraced by Goebbels and debased by advertising copy, remains a force for freedom that flies out between all bars." -- Nadine Gordimer

Religious Liberty

Sikh Mother and Son

"The constitutional freedom of religion is the most inalienable and sacred of all human rights." -- Thomas Jefferson

The Right to Bear Arms

Charlton Heston at NRA

"An unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any given moment ... One of the democratic rights of the United States, the Second Amendment to the Constitution, gives the people the right to bear arms. However, there is a greater right; the right of human dignity that gives all men the right to defend themselves." -- Huey P. Newton

Habeas Corpus

Sean Bell Protesters Arrested

"The writ of habeas corpus is the fundamental instrument for safeguarding individual freedom against arbitrary and lawless state action." -- Justice Abe Fortas, Harris v. Nelson (1969)

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