Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA’s bin Laden unit, reminds readers that Americans’ rights aren’t gifts from the government, despite what some commentators like Chuck Todd may think. He writes (abridged):
Chuck Todd, (MSNBC) after Moore( Roy) had won the Republican primary, expressed astonishment that Judge Moore believed that each person’s rights — his natural rights — come from God and not from the government. Now, I have written before that most of the Americans I have heard speak in the public square are more or less ignorant of U.S. history, and especially of the period from the Puritans’ arrival in New England through the decades of the early republic. Mr. Todd, however, in his ruminations about Judge Moore and the concept of natural rights, drove home for me how thoroughly ignorant so many U.S. political and media personalities are of the republic’s history and character.
Where, I wonder, does Mr. Todd think his rights come from? From the national government, the UN, George Soros, or some combination thereof? No, that cannot be it, even a bulb as dim as Mr. Todd surely must see that all three of those entities have been laboring for decades to limit and ultimately remove the natural rights of Americans.
Read more in parts II and III of this examination of his post On natural rights, Saudi Arabia, and John McCain.