By the people, etc.

I have lost track of how many times during the last week I have heard someone say that rights come from God, not from government. I have no problem with the sentiment, so long as those expressing it recall that most people used to think the way God ensured those rights were upheld was to give absolute power to a monarch.

If you are going to quote the Declaration of Independence’s assertion that men “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” then don’t forget to quote the next sentence: “to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men.”

God may be a whiz at legislating rights, but the founders understood that He wasn’t so keen on enforcing those rights. That’s our job.

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