“Rights” are not those things granted by the sovereign and enumerated in statute, but the precise opposite: They’re restraints upon the sovereign. They’re not about what the state allows you to do, but about what the state is not allowed to do to you.Liberals like FDR, and statists everywhere, like Barry Hussein O. want constitutions to give people all sorts of benefits as entitlements. They say that the negative rights of the cranky hoary hard-to-read US Constitution do you no good if you can't properly feed, clothe, house yourself, get an education and a good job. My reply is that even if you have those things and you don't have the negative rights ...freedom from the state's controlling hands all over your life...then all you are is a well-treated slave.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Mark Steyn, responding to some lover of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and all the rights it grants....
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