August 23, 2012

Just an example of sloppy thinking...

Or maybe intentionally deceptive. It's hard to tell with liberals...

Ina Hughs: Rights come from government, not God ยป Knoxville News Sentinel:

"Our rights come from God and nature, not from government."

Those words brought rousing ovations in Norfolk, Va., as Paul Ryan accepted his candidacy as Mitt Romney's running mate.

But even high-octane tea drinkers from the Grand Old Party surely don't intend for our government to renege on its responsibility to ensure not only our civil rights, but our safety, our productivity, our well-being and our freedom.

How silly to say government isn't the arbiter of our rights as Americans, the protector and safeguard of democracy....

Slippery, slippery. "Rights come from government" becomes government is the "arbiter of our rights." Those are of course two different things. No one is claiming that government should not be an arbiter. And mooshing together civil rights with things like "safety" and "productivity" blurs just what rights are. Plus it takes the great authority of the realm of rights and casts it over lesser things, making it easier for government to expand its control over all aspects of life. If you elevate "safety" to the status of a civil right, then clearly government must put hundreds-of-thousands of safety inspectors to work securing our rights!

Posted by John Weidner at August 23, 2012 6:43 AM
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