2) I believe that the founders of the USA believed in natural rights and thus our constitution cannot be properly interpreted without understanding natural rights
3) the rights recognized in the constitution can only be properly set forth in terms of scope and coverage by reference to natural rights as understood by the founders
Who cares what they believed? It only matters what can be demonstrated to be actually true. This leads to little more than founding father worship.2) I believe that the founders of the USA believed in natural rights and thus our constitution cannot be properly interpreted without understanding natural rights
As believed by the founders, not as understood. They had no more basis for declaring these things to actually exist in reality than modern libertarians do. It's all wishful thinking. It was wishful thinking then, it is wishful thinking now, and until someone comes up with actual evidence that these things have any real existence in the real world, rather than just being philosophical masturbation, they will continue to be wishful thinking into the future. Belief doesn't equate to truth. We keep asking for truth, all we keep getting is blind faith.3) the rights recognized in the constitution can only be properly set forth in terms of scope and coverage by reference to natural rights as understood by the founders
It seems that if you have no natural rights, then effectively, you have no rights at all, only privileges. You therefore have no cause to complain when they are abused.
Yet abuse the rights of those who claim there are no such things and watch to see if they get upset. It is similar to those who claim that there is no universal morality, who will nonetheless get upset when you break in front of them in line, or steal their car. Quite quickly you will find that they appeal to a standard whose existence they deny.
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
You have a way with words making that sound really deep. Well done. But truthfully, it it no way shape or form negates the reality that a belief in natural rights is simply a belief held because the believer opts to believe it. And lets be really truthful Fletch, even Jefferson who wrote that line about rights in the Declaration did not believe what he wrote and he knew it was only the equal of a public relations press release.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
I do believe in human rights and civil rights, though, as those exist within social construts and not nature.