"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creature with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights Governments are instituted among men."
The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America
"The Dictionary tells us that inalienable (Spelled differently in colonial times) means not to transfer to another. The purpose of government is not to grant rights but to secure and protect them." -G. Edward Griffin
"By contrast, all collectivist political systems embrace the opposite view that rights are granted by the state. That includes Nazis, fascists and communists. It is also an article of the United Nations. Article four on the U.N. covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights says:
The State Parties to the present Covenant recognize that, in the enjoyment of those rights provided by the State... the state may subject such rights only to such limitations as are determined by law."
The above quotes were taken from G. Edward Griffins freedom force international and the site is above.
Now he goes on to conclude (and I believe justly so) that the UN doctrine says that the state gives us our rights by law. So if the state wants to take away our rights all it has to do is pass a law. Under the United States constitution our rights are given to us by GOD and are inalienable and can not be transferred to another. The state can not take your rights from you if the constitution is upheld. Sadly, as collectivism spreads these rights will diminish even more until one day people will wake up and wonder, "What happened."