Our Founding Fathers? It must be acknowledged that these men were possessed of superior intellect and insight. Any of our Founding Documents? We could look back as far as 1215 to the document signed in Runnymeade meadow by King John of England as many of the same principles espoused therein are prominent in our own. But, if such issues were in the forefront then, surely the concept of what we have come to know as "Rightful Liberty" must predate written expression. And I believe it does in what many might consider a less than obvious place - the Scriptures, The Bible.
Governments cannot "grant" freedom - they can only abide with, promote, and protect it or attempt to diminish it's effects. Rightful Liberty is a condition of being for each of us - for every person birthed into this world. It was, in fact, first bestowed when man was created on this earth. Let me refer first to our own Declaration of Independence:
"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,..."
Our Founding Fathers had something in common which few - if any - of us have today and that is an upbringing wherein the Bible was a natural part of everyday life. Put aside their denominational differences, also put aside the erroneous idea that they were all of one denomination(deist - which they weren't and anyone honest with historical fact will admit it), put aside even the issue of whether or not they were "practicing" members of whatever denomination they were raised in. They each and every one had a very deep working knowledge of spiritual truths, else how could they have agreed collectively to state such a premise in the first place. Think it through: how could "x" number of persons with such otherwise diverse backgrounds come into agreement on such a position except they held certain beliefs in common? Whether they daily exercised all their particular beliefs is not the question but rather, they operated upon the ground which they all held in common.
So, they held that the source of our Rightful Liberty is God and that through the act of creation. Here is where some will leave the discussion. They will do so because of their refusal to acknowledge mans' Creator God. That's ok with me. I woke this morning around 5:30 as my bedroom was bright with sunlight despite the room-darkening blinds and drawn curtains. Yesterday it was not so. The clouds had the sunlight blocked and the sky was gray. Because the clouds obscured my view of the sun and it's light does not negate it's existence nor it's ability to do it's intended purpose. So too it is with God. Your spiritual vision may well be hampered by whatever has floated across your visual range but that does not prove the non-existance of the God of Heaven. You simply may not have had the opportunity to meet Him. (As a side note to the topic at hand, He's a personal God so don't try to judge your life and His interaction or lack of with yours by someone elses life.)
God created us; God then granted, gave, bestowed, endued us with, among other things, Rightful Liberty. "Is that what you're telling me?" In a nutshell, yes and it is exactly what our Founding Fathers held as a shared, accepted belief.
"Then PROVE IT !!!"