We can put down our political weapons and unify our country by agreeing to focus on our fundamentals. They are:
- If I can do a thing, I have the natural right to do it.
It makes no sense to say I have a right to do something I can’t do, so I must have the right to do what I can do.
- Except that I don’t have the right to infringe your rights.
To be “equal under the law”, the law must treat each citizen the same and do it’s best to prevent me from violating your rights.
Realizing that every conflict is a collision of rights is the first step to unity. That understanding gives us the knowledge that our most fundamental rule of human behavior must be to respect the rights of our fellow human beings and never violate them.
To whatever degree I violate your rights, to that degree I am a tyrant. To whatever degree you restrict my rights, to that degree you are my slave master.
One may find a perverse kind of happiness in controlling others, but it is short lived and must be renewed with ever increasing violations of their rights. There is no joy for anyone in such a place.