Sometimes it can be helpful to think back to a more simple scenario to understand things. When the Declaration of Independence mentions things like “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them”, “truths to be self-evident”, “endowed by their Creator” and “unalienable Rights” it makes a clear statement, or at least you would think. Looking at the government today in this country you would think the meaning of certain words has changed.
So let’s go back in time, lets say you are the only person living for your entire life in the state you are in. You have never met another human. If you wanted to pinch yourself till it hurt, you’d probably feel you can do that, it is your body. Perhaps you found a stick and shaped it to a nice walking stick. One day, for the first time in your life, another human walks up to you. If this human wants to pinch you till it hurts, you may let them, but you would probably not allow him to. You would feel that it is your inherent right, something that is self evident to you to be in charge of yourself. Now if this person wants to use your stick as if it is his and take it with him, as a nice gesture you may give it to him, but you would feel it is your property and it is yours to keep or give. Certain things are inherent in us, it is there by nature, or whatever created us.
Rights are derived from property. Property is your body and something you created or acquired by just means. It is inherent in us to govern ourselves, as long as we honor these same rights in others.