I heard this on the radio a few days ago, the day after Paul Ryan’s speech at the RNC Convention. Ryan asserted an excellent principle that puts a limit on the government’s power over our lives.
This of course was too much for another MSNBC talking head to take, but not Chris Matthews this time. It was Touré Neblett who asserted that the government is the ultimate arbitrator of our rights. Video here, and here is the quote.
“He loves this line of ‘our rights come from God and nature’, which is so offensive to so much of America,” pontificated the MSNBC personality. “Because for black people, Hispanic people, and women, our rights do not come from God or nature. They were not recognized by the natural order of America. They come from the government and from legislation that happens in relatively recent history in America. So that line just bothers me to my core.”
Toure would make a good Totalitarian with thinking like this. It was people appealing to God and Nature that helped get rights to blacks, Hispanics and women. If the government can give us rights, then it can take take them away without any recourse. No wonder MSNBC’s rating suck lately.