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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Earth's Greatest Hero

Reason #5309 that I am conservative.

It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights.

The above is quoted from a letter written by President George Washington, Earth's Greatest Hero, in response to a letter from some Jewish Americans. Go here to read the circumstance that occasioned that letter. It is an excellent read.

Why does that excerpt make me conservative? Because it mentions INHERENT, NATURAL RIGHTS, which echoes the idea that our rights are given to us by a Creator, not devolved upon us by the will of a government or a people. Everywhere liberals take power they grant 'rights.' But rights are not granted nor given- they are either acknowledged or taken away. Conservatives understand this- liberals don't.

I could translate the above to a more modern vernacular- "These days you don't have to thank me or this new country for giving you something- only perhaps acknowledge that we aren't taking what is naturally yours."

Today is the anniversary of the birth of George Washington, which is to say, the birthday of the man who made the U.S.A. as we know it possible, which is to say the birthday of the man who made the nation which has battled totalitarianism, and spread liberty as no other nation has, which is to say, the birthday of Liberty's Greatest Champion, which is to say, the birtday of Earth's Greates Hero.


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