Things I learned today
On the IRS building in New Carrollton, MD, etched into one of the pillars, is this quote from Civil Rights leader Barbara Jordan:
The Bill of Rights was not ordained by Nature or God. It’s very human, very fragile.
This is of course a straightforward perversion of the claims made for our founding — and is at heart a sad reminder that the tyranny of men is held off only by man, and even then, only by those men willing to fight for liberty. And once the left is able to deconstruct the central tenet of our claims to individual sovereignty and liberty — the idea of natural law (which, while some may argue is a construct of the human mind, nonetheless operates on the ratified principle of a permanence that precedes man) — it will have established its dominion over us once and for all time.
That such a perverse and, frankly, anti-American, sentiment — a declaration that the Bill of Rights was not a reflection of human recognition of the natural rights of individuals, but rather a gift of privileged men that at any moment can be taken away (else, where’s the fragility?) — adorns a government building, should concern us all.
And yet I suspect there are very many people in this country who would accept Jordan’s quote as a fundamental truth, or grant it deference because of the good works she did as an historic figure in the Civil Rights struggle.
Which is why, ultimately, we must by sheer force of tension splinter as a nation.