I’ve never understood why parents spend nearly $100,000 to send their children to high-priced universities. The best and brightest of these graduates have screwed up our nation, and yet there are tens of millions of Americans who believe that graduates from these over-priced and under-delivering schools will somehow save us.
Consider this from the over-priced Duke University where it costs $60,000 per year to attend. Meredith Shiner is a graduate of Duke University. She writes for Yahoo News. She’s one of the site’s political reporters. Before Yahoo, she was with Roll Call and Politico.
Duke is a hard school to get into. Young people who attend are smart . . . on paper. People can be smart but also ignorant. Meredith Shiner is ignorant.
After Ted Cruz announced that he was going to run for President of the United States in 2016 and mentioned God a few times, and even said our rights come from God, Shiner had this to say: “Bizarre to talk about how rights are God-given and not man-made. . . .”
It doesn’t take much mental acumen to know that our founders believed that God-given rights were fundamental to the success of our nation. You don’t have to have a Ph.D. in history to know what our founders believed about the origin of our rights; their sentiments are found in the Declaration of Independence, one of our nation’s founding documents:
“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.— That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed …”
The phrase “among these” means there are more than the ones listed. We find out what some of these additional non-man-made rights are in the Constitution.
She confuses the origin of rights with the procedures on how those rights are to be maintained and protected by arguing that the Constitution was “man-made.” Unlike the French Declaration for the Rights of Man and of the Citizen which listed the rights the State was creating for the people, the Constitution does not give a list of our rights.
Notice how the First Amendment begins: “Congress shall make no law. . . prohibiting the free exercise. . .” The rights that are listed in the First Amendment are not given to us by the State. They are so fundamentally not man-made that governments have done what they could to abridge or abolish them.
The same is true with all the Amendments. Note what the Second Amendment states: “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” That right existed before there was a Constitution.
Then there’s this statement by John F. Kennedy given during his Inaugural Address on January 20, 1961:
“The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe — the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”
Let’s remember that if a government has the power to give a right, then it has the power to take it away. As we’re seeing, our government is making up rights out of thin air with the result that they are infringing on our God-given rights.