#13. Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.” -Benjamin Franklin
Franklin in his Maxims and Morals book written in 1807 explains that rights do not come from government. Freedom is part of our nature, and it belongs to us no matter what any government or document says. That’s why it’s referred to as “THE” freedom of speech, meaning that the right existed before the constitution was even written.