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26 August 2008

Sen. Joe Biden Opposes Inalienable Rights

David Boaz of the CATO Institute wrote a brief article on Senator Joe Biden's angry demonstration against the idea that man has inalienable rights and against property rights during the Senate Judiciary Committee deliberations on whether to approve Justice Clarence Thomas' appointment to the Supreme Court. Biden was the chairman of the Judiciary Committee and made it very clear that he does not think the Declaration of Independence has legal standing. He said it got it entirely wrong that each individual has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness except insofar as the legislature chooses to say they do. The Constitution does not secure individual inalienable rights in his viewpoint either.

In his and other socialists' view, man exists to serve the state and has no individual rights. Man may or may not be granted privileges by the government, from which all things flow. For the state is jealous of all other sources of human empowerment, whether the Nature of Man, the State of Nature, or God. Senator Biden and Senator Obama are brothers in the socialist brotherhood.

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