Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Rush is Wrong!

Well, sort of. It's not too often I find myself disagreeing with Rush Limbaugh. He has a great research staff, works hard at show prep, and has quite a bit of general knowledge to fuel his monologues.

But he is factually incorrect about the philosophy of the Founding Fathers. A caller stated that the rights put forward in the U.S. Constitution apply to all mankind. Rush says that they do not and that this is a misinterpretation of the intent of the document and of the authors' intent.

In reality, our Enlightenment period philosophers did view rights as universal among mankind. They also did not believe that the Bill of Rights was an exhaustive or limiting enumeration of rights.

Whether we actually agree with the idea of Natural Law or not is another matter. I myself am not sure about the substance or even existence of Natural Law. But the movers and shakers of 1789 believed in it.

Now, that still doesn't mean that captured Al Qaeda operatives must be paid by the U.S. military and given dormitories, kitchen dinettes, and other exciting gameshow prizes. But the opportunity to correct Rush Limbaugh on the American Founding doesn't come along every day! You have to savor a moment like that...