Monday, May 28, 2012

Human Rights vs. Natural Rights > Tyranny or Freedom

By AWR Hawkins at pjmedia.com

Leftists are masters of language. By shifting words and phrases, they are frequently able to secure victory in an argument with many apolitical, salt-of-the-earth Americans and even some conservatives. They’ve done this in the classroom by referring to the American military as “imperialist,” and in the public square by labeling capitalism as a greedy system whereby people only become rich at the expense of others.

Yet over the course of the last few decades, the Left’s most rewarding play on language has been a not-so-subtle shift from focusing on natural rights to focusing on “human rights.” The former are fixed and derived from God through nature, while the latter are in flux and founded solely upon the decisions various governments and ruling entities make regarding innumerable definitions of freedom.

Our Founding Fathers based the Bill of the Rights on the natural, unchanging rights with which we were endowed by our Creator. Thus they recognized not only our right to freedom of speech, but also freedom of religion and freedom of the press. They recognized not only our right to pursue and own property, but also to be secure in that property, and we were even to have security in our own persons. And to defend these and other natural rights, our Founders recognized that we had a right to keep and bear arms which shall not be infringed…

Our Founding Fathers did not envision freedom for a time or liberty that was dependent upon the whims of men or the rulers of men. Rather, they understood that Western civilization stood or fell on the timelessness of natural rights and the system of ordered liberty into which those rights fit. It is to our detriment that we trade these rights for human constructs which opportunistic leftists invent in order to inch their way into our lives.

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