Saturday, April 5, 2008

Imprimis...

Hillsdale College publishes a monthly newsletter called Imprimis. I recently finished reading the March issue presented by Charles Kesler who is a professor of government at Claremont.
Honestly, I did not catch the flow of everything Mr. Kesler's was expressing except for one paragraph that sounds so true and yet terrible, I and I think millions of other fellow citizens of this United States have fallen into the idea of security and rights via the government. I'm going to paste the quote below and you tell me how you feel about this. I don't want the government telling me what my rights are. I don't even know what all my rights really are outside of the right of life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness.

Here it is: "A new theory of the Constitution corresponded to this new theory of rights. FDR put it memorably in his 1932 Commonwealth Club Address: Government is a contract under which “rulers were accorded power, and the people consented to that power on consideration that they be accorded certain rights.” According to this view, we give the rulers power and the rulers give us rights. In other words, rights are no longer natural or God-given, but emerge from a bargain struck with the government. And it is up to liberal statesmen or leaders to keep the bargain current, redefining rights constantly—adding new rights and subtracting some of the old ones—in order to keep the living Constitution in tune with the times. Entitlement rights—rights created and funded by government—replace natural rights. Given this new relationship of people and government, we don’t need to keep a jealous eye on government anymore, because the more power we give it, the more rights and benefits it gives us back—Social Security, Medicare, prescription drug benefits, unemployment insurance, and on and on."

Give me, give me, give me....

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