Let’s say you and I are at an event. And we have this discussion. We both have a right of free speech. We both can expect to have a meeting of minds without anger, name calling ect. However in the middle of one of your comments I punch you and tell you to shut up. I then go crazy pull out a non traditional gun and tell any who come to your aid to back off.
You still have the same right of free speech, I’ve violated your right and used threat of death to continue to violate it.
A cute girl has the right to put on her sexiest little out fit and walk any where safely. A fat business man doing some sort of cash business has the right to put all his days earnings in a bag and walk down any road safely.
At our campfire at an event you can talk without fear of violence. That girl can come and sit, and at the most face nothing more then told this is a period correct attired camp would she consider changing, and the business man could set his bag of cash down and be safe. Although he may be asked if he wants to play an historic card game called monte.
However there are places where she and he would be unsafe to walk, it doesn’t mean they don’t have the right, it means some places some people don’t recognize those rights.
Government exist for no other reason then to protect those rights. That is government only legitimate job, to protect our rights. Government should never be the thug that disenfranchised us. Some times people have to die to remind the government of that fact, sometimes the government is so oppressive it is not then stopped, yet those rights exist beyond government approval. Any entity violating your rights, GB, the Federal Government of Lincoln, me at the fire, mugger or rapist are all the same. Your rights remain yours violated or not.
It’s not transcendental. It’s the way our founder saw the government, it’s the way the south saw government. It’s the way our constitution provides for. It’s what the south was fighting for.