Re: ‘A liberal’ |

Re: ‘A liberal’

Every so often one encounters something that crystallizes the truth of our time. The letter by Harold Blickenstaff (Aug. 26) is one of those things.

In it, he accurately paraphrases the Declaration of Independence and points to it as his inspiration for liberal idealism. He speaks of all men being created equal, having inalienable rights, etc.

From this and the Bill of Rights, he concludes: “To me this implies that our government has the responsibility of seeing that all people in this country are adequately cared for in every way, including housing, food, health, education, employment and retirement.”

Now for an educated person to so conclude is a tragedy. The Declaration’s equality is equality before the law, equality of treatment by government, not equality of outcomes.

The rights in the Constitution are liberty rights, not welfare rights; they constrain government and limit its interference in our affairs. One has to deliberately ignore the language and the documents’ historical background to reach a distortion of this magnitude. Modern liberals routinely do this.

This persistent confusion regarding the legitimate role of government is at the root of our political problems.

Rob Chrisman

Nevada City

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