Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Declaration of Independence is Unconstitutional

In our review of Ten Universal Principles, we've covered three that pertain to epistemology (the true) and three that apply to ethics (the good). What about the collective good, i.e., politics?

Here again, Spitzer outlines three principles with which any normal person should be able to agree.

We might go so far as to say that this is one of the things that defines a person: the ability to arrive at abstract and universal truths. Obviously, no mere animal can do this.

Or, to paraphrase something E.F. Schumacher wrote, a human isn't just an "animal plus X"; rather, the animal is "human minus X." This is because one cannot get from contingent to universal, or accident to essence, by simply adding some measurable quantity to the former. Contingent + Contingent ≠ Universal.

But what is X?

I would suggest that X is the absolute, although it goes by many names. As Spitzer describes elsewhere, man is always and everywhere aware of "the unrestricted, the unconditional, and the perfect," not just in truth, but love, goodness, beauty, and being as such.

To put it another way, man is always in communion with O, or, in other worlds, suspended somewhere between relative and absolute. Animals are wholly in the relative; God is wholly Absolute; a proper man has one foot in the former, one in the latter. An improper man has one foot in his mouth and the other on a banana peel.

Spitzer lists some of the names of O: Creator, Pure Being, Unconditioned Existence, Being Itself, First Cause, Ground of Being.

To which we might add Unmoved Mover, Tao, Brahman, Primordial Slack, Escape from the Planet of the Clocks, Something for Nothing, SomeOne for Nobody, Same Old Ombuddhi, the Free Launch, the Error in My Favor, the Found Money, the Beautiful Genie, Barbara Eden, the Womb with a Pew, the Tippling Point, the Last Day of School, the Summa Vacation, etc.

Spitzer's first principle of justice and natural rights is: All human beings possess in themselves (by virtue of their existence alone) the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and property ownership; no government gives these rights, and no government can take them away.

There. How difficult was that?

Very difficult if history is our guide and Obama is our example. For instance, did you know that Obama has the power to override your first amendment right to freedom of religion? It's true. I'm not sure who or what grants him this extra-constitutional authority, for he's never disclosed it.

Please note again that this principle is by no means "natural," for if it were, then the Declaration of Independence wouldn't have represented such an audacious haymaker right in Satan's breadbasket.

To this day, the vast majority of governments and people do not accept this principle. Indeed, any secular, materialist, or atheistic person cannot accept it, on pain of immediate self-contradiction.

For the intellectually honest liberal -- surely one must exist somewhere? -- the Declaration of Independence is unconstitutional, pure and simple.

But so too is the Constitution unconstitutional, since one of its reasons for existence is to "secure the blessings of liberty," and blessings come from God. Unless you're a liberal, in which case they emanate from the penumbra of the state.

Spitzer references the old-school Jesuit Francisco Suarez, who adds that the purpose of law -- which is the scaffold of a free government -- is "the due preservation and natural perfection or happiness of human nature."

In other words, the Law has a telos, which is the actualization of man's potential and free discovery of his end. Thus, the state has no right to limit, let alone terminate, your real personhood (which is what all leftist tyrannies do, which is to say, permit only one type of person or none at all; the same goes for speech).

Note that governments do not have "rights." Rather, they have only powers. This obviously goes for states as well, which is why it is absurd to argue for "states rights" in order to bypass the Constitution and restrict human rights.

Which is why the Confederate assouls who used "states-rights" as a pretext to restrict and deny the rights of human beings were anything but conservative. For only a leftist could believe that the state has a supernatural right to strip man of his natural rights.

To be continued....

13 Comments:

Blogger mushroom said...

... did you know that Obama has the power to override your first amendment right to freedom of religion?

Oh, please, that is true ONLY if you are Christian. Let's not make it worse than it is.

1/31/2012 09:15:00 AM  
Blogger ted said...

Just finished Ten Universal Principles. What a gem! As someone who was inclined to pro-choice thinking in the past, it actually got me to firm up a more mature stance on this issue, and ground it in something that was beyond the contempt I may have had for any moral authority. Thanks!

1/31/2012 09:42:00 AM  
Blogger JP said...

"Spitzer lists some of the names of O: Creator, Pure Being, Unconditioned Existence, Being Itself, First Cause, Ground of Being.

To which we might add Unmoved Mover, Tao, Brahman, Primordial Slack, Escape from the Planet of the Clocks, Something for Nothing, SomeOne for Nobody, Same Old Ombody, the Free Launch, the Error in My Favor, the Found Money, the Beautiful Genie, Barbara Eden, the Womb with a Pew, the Tippling Point, the Last Day of School, the Summa Vacation, etc."

I came up with the Infinite Absolute one time when I was talking to my law school roommate.

He was ok with that.

He didn't like "God", though.

It has to do with saturated phrases, doesn't it? That's why it so important that it be unsaturated.

Part of the problem with Modernity is that the State in unhinged.

1/31/2012 09:53:00 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

I nominate Telos as the OC Word of the Year. It makes a cameo in this post.

1/31/2012 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

OT
The Mill & The Cross is now on Netflix Instant.

(I haven't seen it yet)

1/31/2012 12:51:00 PM  
Blogger Van said...

"But what is X?

I would suggest that X is the absolute, although it goes by many names. As Spitzer describes elsewhere, man is always and everywhere aware of "the unrestricted, the unconditional, and the perfect," not just in truth, but love, goodness, beauty, and being as such.

To put it another way, man is always in communion with O, or, in other worlds, suspended somewhere between relative and absolute. "

I was just discussing that last night... I do believe that Imagination has a place in that X... I can't imagine being able to imagine it without it.

1/31/2012 01:48:00 PM  
Blogger Van said...

"Note that governments do not have "rights." Rather, they have only powers. This obviously goes for states as well, which is why it is absurd to argue for "states rights" in order to bypass the Constitution and restrict human rights."

You wouldn't believe how often I've got to smack down that idea of 'States Rights' by those who are intent on defending Individual Rights.

For all their talk, most people, conservatives very much included, don't give 'Rights' a thought beyond knowing it's printed on some founding document or another.

Argh.

1/31/2012 01:51:00 PM  
Blogger mushroom said...

Telos -- the Alfred Hitchcock of Life

1/31/2012 03:24:00 PM  
Blogger ge said...

LOL! that list proves Bob's a Word meister extrajordinairs!
chez nous we say Oui & might add:
Mind with a capital M, Self with a capital S, I with a capital I,
E-I-E-I-OH!

1/31/2012 03:25:00 PM  
Blogger ge said...

X as the Individuality
in the philo. of this master I admire who was born this day 1900...Died 25 December 1986.

...That is what led me to the conclusion that evil is limited in both time and space. God did not intend evil to endure. He did not endow it with lasting power as He did good: the power of good is unlimited. That is the difference between good and evil, the only real difference. People believe them to be equally strong but they are not. The forces of Hell are not equal to the forces of Heaven. Therefore, in electing to go toward the positive pole, you enter into the realm of unlimited time and space, Infinity and Eternity, God Himself.

1/31/2012 04:03:00 PM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

"Animals are wholly in the relative; God is wholly Absolute; a proper man has one foot in the former, one in the latter. An improper man has one foot in his mouth and the other on a banana peel."

Ha ha! Excellleent! It goes without sayin' but an improper man also has his head up his ass.

1/31/2012 04:22:00 PM  
Blogger Kv0nT said...

I ran across this Obama quote in a piece by Jonah Goldberg in the latest National Review. "I am confident that we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth." Oct 7, 2007. I have to say, our Deaf Pleader seems to embody the improper man.

1/31/2012 05:19:00 PM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

The Fatal Conceit of the left. It is the source of their malady and their self-prescribed cure.

1/31/2012 05:22:00 PM  

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