It is a fact that, for whatever reasons, conservatives do not organize as well as our opponents. Sure, every once in a while we get a Tea Party together but by and large we don’t get the whole organizing thing. This is obviously something we need to fix but in the mean time the furthering of the conservative cause depends (at least for me) on debating and discussing the issues with friends, family, and so on. Even if we’re not the best organized group, we know that when it comes to a one on one discussion of the issues, we can’t be touched. It’s not that every liberal is an idiot, I’ve met a number of intelligent ones, but no matter how smart you are you can’t make facts change. That being said we can get to my point.
I’m young, 20, I’m married to my high school sweetheart and I have a beautiful 10 month old daughter. My best friend is a guy I went to school with, he was the best man at my wedding and is the godfather of my baby girl. He’s an extremely intelligent individual and for years we’ve debated pretty much everything, from philosophy to literature to politics. He attended Notre Dame and during his time there predictably became more liberal in his views of the world.
Since Barry took office, our discussions have become more politically focused. This can be extremely depressing because my buddy has decided (and I think this is true of many young people) that he just doesn’t care about politics and doesn’t think it matters if the United States becomes socialist or not. Now, there are many things he’s said that I could bring up that would make for an interesting read but I wanted to focus on something he said just the other day.
We were talking about the decision of a French court that internet access is a basic human right (not even going there). One thing led to another and it wasn’t long before my friend said
“You know, rights don’t exist.”
“What are you talking about?” I asked as I tried not to bash my head into the table.
He went on to explain that since the concept of inalienable rights was based on Deism (which it isn’t but we’ll get to that) and Deism being a bankrupt philosophy therefore rights do not exist. After several minutes of amiable obscenities I got down to the point.
First, for those who don’t know, Deism, simply, is a belief in a Supreme Being who does not interfere or interact at all with the physical world (this is the clock-maker theory). Deists also believe that Truth can be found and obtained through observation and reason alone without faith.
My buddy had claimed that all the founding fathers had been deists, which is not true. Franklin was certainly the most outspoken Deist and Jefferson flirted with the concept throughout his life but the founding fathers were far from being a “group of deists”. More importantly, there is nothing intrinsic to Deism that would lead to the belief in human rights. That is to say, there is nothing unique about Deism that would lead to “certain inalienable rights”. In fact, it is the fact that we were founded on Christian principles that we have the rights that we do (for now). Christianity has the most respect for the individual and his worth, more so than any other religion.
The reason my friend’s belief is so scary is that if he were right, if rights were just grabbed out of the top hat by our founding fathers like the proverbial rabbit, then they could just as easily be taken away from us. The rights we do enjoy are so special exactly BECAUSE they are “endowed by the Creator”. This is a big reason why Barry wants people to believe that we are not a Christian nation. He is laying the groundwork (call me paranoid) to take away our rights (and precious bodily fluids [10 cool points if you got that reference]). It would be a huge victory for Barry if a day ever came (perhaps it already has?) when more people believe that “inalienable rights” were just words thought up by some dead guys and not the Divinely granted expressions of Freedom that they are.
These rights, and our belief in where they came from, are a big part of American Exceptionalism and we cannot allow those around us to forget it.