Our unique American Republic is built on a very simple (and almost lost) fact: human rights come from God, and government exists only to protect those rights it was without the power or authority to create or grant itself. We infer from this rarely understood truth of western civilization (once upon a time considered “common sense”) that government is LIMITED and RESTRICTED by natural realities. It does not have the jurisdiction to take on the pretentious role of conjuring up and granting “new” human rights – those God apparently neglected to grant to mankind during previous millennia.
Rand Paul is an inconsistent Libertarian who reminds me of the infamous Robespierre of 1790’s France. He is a brazenly secularist senator with a fundamental contradiction in his rhetoric he can neither intellectually defend nor reconcile with his actions as a senator. He says in any powered microphone that will broadcast his voice that he is against the Whig-like establishment hobgoblins who are sullying the GOP with big-government schemes that aren’t right. Then he endorses the poster child of the very hobgoblins he condemns. Can you say “Mitch McConnell”?
Rand gave a dreadful speech from CPAC after Obama’s reelection. I listened carefully hoping that he would show me he was different from his father – that he did not beam down from a mother ship where, among other things, Iran was believed to have had a “right” to acquire nuclear weapons. It was in that speech that I knew Rand was undesirable and doomed to fail any future attempt to run for President of the United States in the first in the nation caucus state of Iowa. I knew it for several reasons. Here’s one. He preached that if the GOP was to find its way into the bold new world, then the GOP needed to listen much more carefully to sage wisdom offered by inexperienced and ignorant young people. Additionally, they would need to shrug off the fuddy-duddy notions given by the elderly wise among us.
Since most young persons won’t understand the term I’m about to use, I’ll explain in a real simple way. When bees flit from flower to flower the nectar sticks to their legs. The phrase “bee’s knees” means sweet and good, because the knees of the bee are where all the sweet, good stuff is collected. There, now. Read carefully, young people. Mitch McConnell, the R.I.N.O. champion of the neo-Whig party movement masquerading as a “Republican”, is thought by Rand to be the bee’s knees!
The whole thing is eerily reminiscent of Rick Santorum’s terribly imprudent 2004 decision to endorse Arlen Specter in exchange for getting a particular judge on the United States Supreme Court. It permanently damaged Santorum’s reputation across the country, and Judge John Roberts turned out to be the Judas Iscariot who upheld the deeply un-American Ponzi-scheme unaffectionately referred to as “Obamacare.”
Rand claims to believe that “rights come from God” while praising Anthony Kennedy for making horrible court decisions that underscore the un-American and historically unhinged conception that rights come from…uh, er, governments (local, state, and/or federal).
This is absurd!
It is illogical for a man who believes his “rights come from God” (as it explicitly states in the preambles of 48 state constitutions, the Declaration, et. al.) to also proclaim that he believes government is supposed to be a strictly secular institution, scrubbed of all religious “contamination.” Robespierre, Rousseau, Pol Pot, Ghengis Khan, Karl Marx, Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler thought so, too. (You won’t often find the previous names listed in the same sentence, but then that fact makes my point for me very well, doesn’t it). The popular attempt to argue both at the same time by overemphasizing valuable things like personal choice and the importance of local control in government is a confusion of sound and sense. Secularism must lead to statism. There is no other destination possible; just ask Francois Robespierre. His political career didn’t end well, either.
If one believes that men grant rights to other men, or that any particular state has the divine power to create brand new ones that violate the laws of nature and nature’s God, then he needs to come out of the closet and admit that in order to remain consistent, he must also believe that men and their governments have a right to take human rights away. Rand Paul should stop repeating the phrase, “I believe our rights come from God,” assuming that all evangelicals are naive enough to believe his conflicted rhetoric. No, Rand Paul does not believe our rights come from God in the same way as did our founders, who referred to them as the “laws of nature and nature’s God.” If he actually did, he would have rebuked Anthony Kennedy’s absurd remarks on the destructive canard of gay “marriage”, because, as it so happens, biology is the angriest bigoted homophobe in the universe. It is the greatest of the likes of those Christ and Bible honoring “haters.” It refuses to let homosexual sex partners reproduce.