Some left wing idiocy has to be seen to be believed.
(Moulitsas runs the blog Daily Kos for those that don’t know.)
It’s actually one of the defining features of the american system, that it rejected the idea that governments give rights.
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.
Sort of hard to miss, isn’t it?
One can only speculate as to why he’s pushing a view the direct opposite of the clearly observable and attested historical facts. Oh wait, it suits his political agenda – never mind.
And yes, I know that’s not the constitution. But the constitution was written by the same people, using the same ideas, as Patterico explains:
Madison won the day in part by proposing what became the Ninth Amendment, which provides: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” This amendment in particular was to remind future generations of statists like Kos that our rights predate government. The Bill of Rights was largely intended to secure pre-existing rights against the new government. For example, this is why the First Amendment does not state that it creates a right to freedom of speech, but declares Congress shall make no law abridging our freedom of speech.
It could hardly be more clear-cut really.