We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. – John Adams
Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters. – Daniel Webster
Senator Ted Cruz is the only candidate who mentions natural rights. After winning the Iowa caucus a couple of days ago, he mentioned the origin of our rights in his victory speech. “Our rights do not come from the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, or even the Tea Party. Our rights come from our Creator.” He is talking about natural rights, or unalienable rights as they are referred to in The Declaration of Independence. The sole function of government is to protect natural rights.
The reason progressives want to eradicate God and the American Founding from America is because they are a threat to their ultimate goal of creating a perfect, totalitarian utopia based on “human rights” defined by them and their comrades at the United Nations (UN) and the European Union. If your rights do not come from God, they will come from government and organizations like the UN. Government and organizations like the UN are made up of human beings, so they are capable of great injustices and evil. Imagine the world where the UN Council on Human Rights defines and bestows rights upon the American people.
Human nature is not angelic, which is why there is a constitution to restrain government. James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 51 the following:
Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature that much devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.
Madison understood that men are not angels, so you cannot rely on a government of men to govern unrestrained. The U.S. Constitution provides the safeguards, i.e., separation of powers and checks and balances, necessary to prevent the government from encroaching on the natural rights of the people. However, politicians and bureaucrats reject natural rights and the notion that government is not able to deliver utopia in exchange for the surrender of natural rights.
Cruz understands that government does not define and bestow rights upon the American people. Human beings are capable of great evil because they are nothing more than human. The masterminds in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Brussels do not give rights to people. Anyone who thinks his rights come from the masterminds clearly doesn’t understand the dangers that are inherent in a government unhinged. A government that defines and bestows rights can take those rights away on a whim.