What Are Human Rights? (1): Not Given Rights

The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to “create” rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting. Justice William J. Brennan

Which means that governments can’t take rights away. They can violate them, but this makes our rights all the more real. It’s when our rights are respected that they become unreal. They retreat to the background and aren’t noticed anymore.


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