Letters to the Editor

Says government, through laws, grants rights

A recent letter dogmatically asserts God, not government is the source of rights.

Which rights are not enumerated, but one would have to assume includes the Bill of Rights. Specifically, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” which guarantees the right to publicly parade religious zealotry and ignorance of the Constitution thereby defeating the writer’s own argument. It is the legislature, not the Ten Commandments, that grants rights through laws, enforced by the courts.

Thomas Jefferson is selectively invoked, again proclaiming the tired chestnut of conservatism that government is not the solution, but the problem.

A number of toxic “isms” are, I believe, speciously cited including Marxism, Nazism and communism that he laments, advocates of a progressive form of government allegedly subscribe to.

Conspicuously absent to this list are the most socially pathological “isms” of all time: religious fundamentalism, imperialism and unfettered, unregulated capitalism, that, over the centuries, I believe has done more to usurp the rights of man than any other “ism.” I believe the same folks that brought you slavery, the Great Depression and the Great Recession in the name of God are at it again.

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” The same Thomas Jefferson.

Michael Kominsky