What I mean is the constitution does not "grant" or "confer" any new rights. The constitution criminalizes attacks on our natural rights (which existed prior to the constitution).
Your natural rights exist with or without the constitution. When the government ceases to protect your natural rights (as lawfully required by the constitution), then the responsibility falls to "the people". When government fails to uphold the constitution, the rule of law has failed, and society must engage in revolution to restore their rights.
In short, the founders understood that all governments must recognize and protect the natural rights of citizens in order to preserve peace, prosperity, and justice.
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