Saturday, February 14, 2015

Unalienable RIghts

It seems that a CNN commentator, a licensed attorney, revealed the depth of his ignorance and the bend of his education this past week.  A guy named Cuomo, who told the world that our rights come from government.
"Our rights do not come from God, your honor, and you know that. They come from man," Cuomo insisted.
Mr. Cuomo would do well to go back to high school and sit through an American History class, because he evidently missed the part about Thomas Jefferson, who said, in part.
“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.”
Then, Mr. Jefferson laid out the proper function of government.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
 I suspect that Mr. Cuomo is one of those unfortunates who is educated past his basic intelligence, one of those credentialed people  who fails to understand the basic nature of man, and who substitutes book-learning for intellect.

Mr. Cuomo revealed himself to be an idiot.  That's not his fault, but it is certainly the fault of CNN for continuing to employ him.

Don't bother to write in comments tht the Constitution lays out our rights.  The Constitution only recognizes the rights tht were given to us by God.  Jefferson understood that, and so do I.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The more important part is if rights don't come from God, but from man; then they can be modified or taken away by man. Also, there isn't an appeal to a ultimate authority beyond the men that are in power at that point in time.

The French Revolution provides a case in point example of having man as the ultimate authority, defining and adjudicating rights. Because the men in power defined the 'rights', there wasn't any absolute right that someone could point to, and say, "I'm claiming this." Committing a violation would get you guillotined today, even if you weren't committing an offense, yesterday.

I'd say Cuomo is revealing more of his personal statist philosophy than a politician usually does.

-- Steve