What if the founding documents said something like: 'all men are made equal by the government, endowed with rights from the government'.
The real authority in the system is "we the people". And indeed, it was the people with the common belief in the "natural rights" that put them in place by force of arms. That is to say, people were bound by a common belief in 'freedom'.
The checks and balances include a right to free speech; i.e., to disagree with the system. Jury of one's peers. Laws of evidence, etc, etc. Regular elections and more importantly, the right of assembly. Even the right to bear arms. The right to create political parties. There is even a limit on the power of the president and a way to get rid of him.
Serving under God, natural rights (from God) and so on are all rhetoric
. The substance
is a system with checks
to reduce abuses.
George III of England served "God", "Ich Dein" was his official motto and it meant I serve. God save the king was the anthem of the UK at the time, wasn't it? I believe so.
This is the philosophy of the communist.
The communists have several aspects which make the idea of rights suspect. First there is the idea of a
"counter revolutionary". Further more it is a one party system.
Now, I'm unsure which came from Marx/Engels and which from Lenin/Stalin/Mao/Pot Pol etc. Its been more
than 20 years since I've been well read on this.
Granted the communists consider themselves a "democracy" but one isn't allowed to assemble. One isn't allowed to form other parties.
The main thing about communism is that wealth is shared and there is no "capitalist" owning production. Everthing is in the hands of the 'workers'.