October 23, 2004

Kerry's Gaffe?

If you don't read Tech Central Station at least once a week, you're missing some of the most intelligent commentary on the web. No, it's not just scientific articles and tech pieces, but includes great, thought provoking pieces like this one:

Who, or What, Grants Us Our Rights?

To quote James K. Glassman,

Kerry believes that the United States government, through the Constitution, "affords" rights to Americans. My dictionary defines "afford," in this context as "give, grant, confer." In other words, we fortunate, benighted Americans have a country, a government that grants us rights.

That's an utterly inaccurate reading of the great documents of the founding of this nation. Our government does not grant us any rights at all. On the contrary, Americans start off with rights, and it is we who grant the government certain limited powers to protect those rights.

Frightening prospect, isn't it?

Posted by Mamamontezz at October 23, 2004 02:00 PM
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