The Colorado Constitution was written to protect our property rights when it states: “All persons have certain natural, essential and inalienable rights, among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; of acquiring, possessing and protecting property; and of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness.” (Article II Bill of Rights, Section 3)
When you look at the history of our state, the foundational law that it was built upon is one where the only item which came before the power of the people was the drawing of our state boundaries. The governmental structure was defined after this power of the people was first established because that is the only way that the local governments get their authority.
Section 1, reads as follows: “All political power is vested in and derived from the people; all government, of right, originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole.”
Section 3, states: “All persons have certain natural, essential and inalienable rights, among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; of acquiring, possessing and protecting property; and of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness.
Section 14 says “Taking private property for private use. Private property shall not be taken for private use unless by consent of the owner, except for private ways of necessity, and except for reservoirs, drains, flumes or ditches on or across the lands of others, for agricultural, mining, milling, domestic or sanitary purposes”
and section 15 states: “whenever an attempt is made to take private property for a use alleged to be public, the question whether the contemplated use be really public shall be a judicial question, and determined as such without regard to any legislative assertion that the use is public.”
The Colorado Constitution was written according to the Virginia Declaration of Rights back in 1776, not just after the U.S. Constitution which was signed in 1789 which did not contain a Bill of Rights, at first. George Mason said that he would rather cut off his right arm than sign the U.S. Constitution since it did not contain protection of the people’s rights.
As this amazing law review points out, the rights AND duties of Colorado citizens are required in order for the people to be able to regain the power they still have but just don’t understand it’s nature.
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