"...the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of G0D." (
It isn't often that a member of the media reveals the philosophy behind his political ideology, but last week,
Cuomo disagreed: "Our laws do not come from G0D, your honor, and you know that. They come from man."
Obviously, Cuomo flunked civics. Does he really believe that man is responsible for bestowing rights, and can therefore take those rights away as he sees fit? That a right bestowed today by a governing body of mere mortals can be invalidated by another body, say, following an election? That my rights and yours are as fluid as quicksilver and dependent on who sits in the big chair in
It is not a new debate, but a debate worth renewing.
The framers of the Constitution clearly understood that in order to put certain rights out of the reach of government, whose power they wished to limit, those rights had to come from a place government could not reach.
When government believes it can create or take away rights, it becomes a G0D unto itself and potentially endangers those rights. The only way to preserve them for ourselves and our posterity is to acknowledge they come from a higher place.
The English jurist,
As noted on the website Blackstone Legal Fellowship, "Blackstone called this concept (of endowed rights) 'ultra vires,' which means it is beyond the authority of man to write a law that violates G0D's law. Blackstone also said that law is fixed, it is uniform, and it is universal. It does not change based on who the president is, or who holds judicial positions. It is the same law for everyone at all times and in all places."
The distinction between manmade law and laws that emanate from G0D is critical. Did civil rights legislation grant rights to African-Americans, or did they already possess those rights and government merely got around to recognizing them? Is not the Authority Dr.
If those rights were granted by government, the day might come when the cultural winds and public opinion shift and they could be taken away by the same institution that granted them. If they were endowed, then government has no right to create or remove them.
Man enacted laws sanctioning same-sex marriage. Judge
Secular progressives believe in a "living Constitution" that constantly "evolves" to serve the people. The Founders (and Blackstone) believed the people are best served when they conform to laws established by G0D.
One doesn't have to believe in G0D for this to work, but the alternative potentially puts the rights of everyone in peril should one group, or class, fall out of favor.
This is why