Thursday, March 24, 2011

Where do our rights come from?

lately i have been catching up on some TV shows i've missed (mostly 'the event') on demand.  The commercials inserted by NBC are mostly of the cable Chanel MSNBC and their 'lean forward' campaign (what ever that is).  and they have this one commercial that really riles me up.  They quote from the declaration of Independence but leave out the most important truths. Here is their version:

“We hold these truths to be self-evidentthat all men and women have certain unalienable rights
life, liberty, pursuit of happiness.
And the freedom to believe that while history’s gotten us this farour best days are still ahead.

Notice what they leave out?
Here is the original text:

We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable rights,
that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Where do our rights come from?
Do they originate with us?
Are these rights relative?
Do they relate to everyone for all time?

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