Natural Law And Our Constitution

Friday, September 20, 2013 - by Mark West

In September each year our nation celebrates Constitution Day, an observance that began as a celebration not only of the signing of the U.S. Constitution but also in recognition of each citizen who has been blessed with American citizenship.

As we consider this day, what is it that has accounted for the exceptional nature of our nation and why have we as a people been so blessed? I would contend that a primary reason was our Founding Fathers’ belief in natural law - those moral truths applying universally to all of mankind. Clearly our Founders were committed to establishing a system of government that would respect those universal, timeless truths and values.

Natural law can be seen on full display in the Declaration of Independence when Thomas Jefferson asserted “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Over a decade later our Founders’ faithfulness to natural law was again revealed as they established the Bill of Rights. In their view, freedom of religion, speech, press, peaceful assembly, right to bear arms, right to privacy, and others flowed from “nature” (or God) rather than from government and they sought to affirm those truths. The Founders understood that to do otherwise would surely result in the destruction of a nation.

Today though there are many in our nation who have forgotten these universal truths. Even worse, there is a dangerous belief by many that natural law can be discarded, or that it no longer applies. 

We see elected officials (in both parties) who are quite content trampling on our unalienable rights. Under the pretext of fighting terrorism we see politicians who are willing to assail the right to privacy and free press. In the name of security we see leaders who are willing to “infringe” on the right to bear arms. Life is undermined in the name of “choice.” Speech is no longer so “free” when the speech doesn’t agree with a political ideology. Freedom of religion is under assault when convictions are no longer politically correct.

While there may be some short term gain or victories for those assailing our unalienable rights, there is a truth that cannot be ignored: the obvious disrespect for natural law.

Just as jumping out of a building will immediately affirm the law of gravity - resulting in serious injury or death; likewise, those who would seek to ignore the rights which flow from “nature” or God will fail in the final analysis. In our system of government they will either be replaced or, as affirmed in our founding document: 

Natural Law and Our Constitution

“...whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it and to institute new Government...."




Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com; Include Your Full Name, Address, Phone Number For Verification

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to  news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. This includes your home address and phone number. We do not post the contact information, but need it for verification. There is no word limit, but if your article is too long you may lose your reader. Please focus more ... (click for more)

Teachers Have Good Compensation Compared To Other Taxpayers - And Response

Hamilton County experienced a property tax increase of about 10.7 percent in 2017. By law the reappraisal of property shall not increase tax revenue. So after the reappraisal the state certified millage rate for Hamilton County was 2.4976 per hundred dollars assessed value. The county commission voted to raise the millage rate to 2.7652 per hundred. That's about a 10.7 percent increase ... (click for more)

Federal Funding Allocated For Future Bradley County Tennessee State Veterans Home

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Tennessee State Veterans Home Executive Director Ed Harries announced the receipt of the $26,224,263 award from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) State Veterans Home Grants program today. The grant will provide the federal funding needed to build the future Bradley County ... (click for more)

VA Issues Water And Road Traffic Cautions In Areas Of Savannah Creek, Harrison Bay And Chickamauga Marina

The Tennessee Valley Authority is issuing water and road traffic cautions for transmission line work that will span from just north of Savannah Creek to Chickamauga Dam. This work is part of several projects to upgrade TVA’s transmission system to ensure continued delivery of 99.999 percent reliable power. Area residents should expect to see helicopters working in this area ... (click for more)

Tankersley One-Hitter Leads Silverdale Past CCS

Silverdale had beaten Chattanooga Christian by a 7-0 final in a   softball game at CCS a few weeks ago, but the Lady Chargers were hoping to turn the tide after allowing just two earned runs in that earlier game. Things didn’t turn out as planned for the Lady Chargers Thursday evening at Silverdale. The Lady Seahawks are a really good hitting team and they showed it ... (click for more)

Fulmer Gets 4-Year Contract As Vols Athletic Director

University of Tennessee Chancellor Beverly Davenport announced Thursday that Director of Athletics Phil Fulmer has signed a four-year contract. Fulmer took over as UT's Director of Athletics on Dec. 1, 2017.   "Phillip has been a great partner over the last four months and I commend him for the work he has done with our student-athletes, coaches and staff," Davenport ... (click for more)