Government Isn't the Creator of Rights

Whether a politician's words constitute a flagrant faux pas or innocent slip of the tongue often depends on the offender's party affiliation.  Democrats can commit untimely gaffes with relative impunity.  But for Republicans to utter supposed misstatements is proof-positive that conservatives are knuckle-draggers.  According to some commentators, Rick Santorum committed such a verbal error while countering claims that government-mandated health care is a fundamental right. "Rights come from our creator," Santorum declared.  "They are protected by the Constitution of this country.  Rights should not and cannot be created by a government because any time a government creates a right, they can take that right away." Think what you will about Rick Santorum, his record, and his future prospects.  But his transgression wasn't inaccuracy.  His sin was daring to challenge the fundamental leftist idea that rights originate in government. To assume that human...(Read Full Article)

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