From the Declaration of Independence:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator 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, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
The term "Constitutional Rights" is often used to infer that our rights are provided by the Constitution.
That isn't true; the Constitution only guarantees that our government, closely defined by the document, protects rights already endowed upon us.
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