Sunday, June 25, 2006

Pigs fly: “I am the law,” says Pres. Bush to the European Union….

"I would like to close Guantanamo… I understand your concerns," Bush said to his EU counterparts, "but I cannot allow cold-blooded criminals to walk around the streets." Thus, Pres. Bush’s words explain conservative logic for human rights violations and imprisonment without due process of law at Guantanamo.

But, consider for a moment, the Mr. Bush’s raw language: “I cannot allow cold-blooded criminals to walk around the streets." What audacity! What arrogance! To presume that, as president of the United States, Mr. Bush has the authority to grant or repeal rights given to individuals by virtue of their birth into humanity. "Just about as much right," said the Duchess, "as pigs have to fly...." — Alice in Wonderland. However, to the chagrin of Pres. Bush, natural rights do not exist by virtue of their fortuitous and historical inclusion in the U.S. Constitution.

On the contrary, natural rights are universal and unalienable. Natural rights don’t depend on a state or a sovereign for their existence. Moreover, neither state nor sovereign may presume to grant or repeal natural rights. And, among the natural rights that are unalienable and universal, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness reigns supreme.


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