Ted Cruz mentioned that our Rights, as laid down in our Founding Documents, are “God-given.”
How bizarre he would say such a thing.
Or so says, Meredith Shiner. She’s a reporter for Yahoo, formerly with Roll Call and Politico. This is no newbie to journalism, no rookie reporter.
And she’s not five!
Nor is she a sad, octogenarian suffering from Alzheimer’s who thinks that access to a copy of the Declaration of Independence requires a trip to Washington D.C. and the Library of Congress.
She’s a young, Duke University graduate and employee of Yahoo News, supposedly educated in matters pertaining to the Press.
So the plangent peal of all who have read the Declaration of Independence is how on Earth can someone with such credentials be so monumentally ignorant of our Founding history?
What’s bizarre is why this girl isn’t pouring coffee at a truck stop somewhere on I-40.
If she were a bimbo actress, a first year pro athlete, or a recording artist starlet – or five – we might not be making such a fuss over her fatuous statement.
I suppose we shouldn’t be all that taken aback. Al Gore thinks the temperature of the Sun is “Billions” of degrees, John Boehner thinks “We hold these truths . . .” is in the Pre-amble, and Barack Obama thinks “Austrian” is a language.
Ms. Shiner, wake up honey, time for school.
To protect you, Ms. Shiner, from saying something else as “bizarre” as what you said, allow me to explain to you why it is absolutely NOT bizarre that Ted Cruz said what he said.
Before this nation was founded, our Framers had a government that did a lot of stuff for its subjects. It told them what they could do, what the boundaries of their freedoms were, what their rights were, what their status was and how they were to think and act, given the limits of their inferior status.
They were told that the king, like Obama and the Democrats, cared for them dearly and worried about their welfare. That they needn’t worry, the king, like Obama and the Democrats, will take care of them. They were told that, as Obama and the Democrats have stated, they deserve a decent home, a decent wage, a decent living from all the hard work they would be expected to perform for the growth and security of the State.
Of course, the house of royalty and those in the king’s realm can’t be held to such limitations as a mere decent home, a decent wage, a decent living as those beneath them. Royalty are on a higher plane, don’t you see. They are of an upper status. They are the ones to dole out to the ‘underlings’ their limitations. The king’s kind and their hovering in the upper echelon of prosperity is a necessity in order to keep the ‘underlings’ in food, clothes, and shelter.
Our Founders saw it differently.
According to them, there was a solecism in this way of thinking, a dissonance in what the monarchical government had in place. The Founders saw an actual error in logic with the idea that some were ‘more worthy’ than others for law-giving, ethics, control, anything. The reason for this was due to the philosophy and worldview found in a book known to all of the Founding fathers, a book called the Holy Bible. According to that book, all mere men were evil. No exceptions. One particular passage in that book states,
“There is no one righteous, not even one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” Romans 3:10-12.
Given such a plenary indictment of men, all men, without exception, how then, could one singular man, the king, decide the ethical standard for any other man? How could one man decide what is ‘right’ and what is ‘wrong’? How could a – as the Bible says elsewhere – “black hearted” and “evil” man come up with a reliable ethic?
He can’t, was the conclusion of the Framers.
If a man or men decide who gets what rights, and what those rights are to be, then man or men can abridge or dissolve them.
If, however, God decides what those rights are, no man on Earth can dissolve or eradicate, or even abridge them. They are ‘out of bounds’ to man. As God Himself simply is, those “Rights” in our Constitution simply are, regardless of man’s acknowledgement of them or not.
I can see Ms. Shiner staring out the window, her pencil to her teeth, nibbling on her eraser as she watches a pigeon peck at something out on the lawn.
Ms. Shiner – Ms. Shiner, over here, honey.
For your edification, sweetheart,
“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.”
If it were man and not God who was the source of our “unalienable” Rights, then they wouldn’t be “unalienable.” Man could simply take back what he had given out.
Just so you know, sweetie, that was from the Declaration of Independence.
These “Rights” were so precious and grave, so pristine and untouchable to the Founding Documents that the men in charge of our Government at one time had to commit violence against those God-given Rights, outright ignoring them in order to enslave their fellow black Americans.
No Ms. Shiner, dearest, the idea that man’s Rights come from a higher source than Bob, Rick, Jerry, Tammy, Sheila, and Gus is in no way bizarre.
It is Right.
It is Just.
It is God.