Wednesday, September 22, 2010
On September 17, President Obama spoke to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 33rd Annual Award Gala.
During his speech - reading from a teleprompter - he quoted from the Declaration of Independence.
Here is what he said: "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain unalienable rights, life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." In quoting this document which I have heard junior high school students successfully memorize and recite, he left out the reference to "Our Creator."
Obama earned a law degree from an Ivy League university and married an equally educated lady. It is highly unlikely that he is unaware that our nation's1st great document written by Thomas Jefferson, the main framer of the Constitution, refers to God as the source of human rights. This document implies that government is not the source of our rights, and therefore government is invalid if it neglects its duty before God to protect our rights.
This one line from the Declaration of Independence is important to the debate between those who believe that humans inherit certain basic rights as a feature of the free will and capacity for reason with which God endowed each individual versus the socialist presumption that humans are merely clever animals who come together communally to invent rights through social contract. Under the 1st model, God is source of human rights. Under the 2nd system, government giveth and government taketh away.
This was not a verbal gaff by a highly educated lawyer reading from a teleprompter before a friendly audience. It was an indication of this man's basic beliefs.
It's really important that people understand where our rights come from according to the Founding Fathers. They never claimed to "give" us any rights.
The Constitution doesn't "give" us rights any more than the TV Guide "gives" us TV shows. . . . . .
If we are tricked into believing that the government gives us our rights, then we will let the government invent new "rights" (abortion, gay marriage, lifelong welfare. . . . ) and take away other rights (bearing arms, private property, public expression of faith. . . . ).
Government is not God.
My dear friend and FB pal - Joseph Hebert. He keeps me on my toes, that's for sure!