Originally Posted by jerseyguy4
I don't think they're really God given....more like Constitutionally given. However, if you feel like they are god given, then I doubt I will change your mind. Listen, I don't want to change your mind. But you must admit, there is a huge abyss between the thoughts of the far left and far right. If we all don't compromise, no ground can be gained. How long will we argue without progress?
The Constitution doesn't grant any rights, it merely stipulates those inalienable rights endowed by our Creator
. The Founders' words there, and there are a plethora of quotes from them to know the intent. If our rights are not "granted" by government, then government does not have the authority to take them away. Whether or not a person is religious, that should be good news.
I don't see compromise as a virtue in every case.
Another example, somewhat extreme but to make the point:
Police officer A wants to rape my wife. Police officer B only wants to cop a feel.
Do I allow a compromise on this? Or, even though this is an "authority" figure, do I resist, and violently if necessary?
Before anyone poo-poos the example, things like that happen in despotic countries, and the freedoms we take for granted are historically the exception, not the rule. I will resist every effort to strip away those freedoms.