An increasing number of those on the progressive left would like to dispense with the Declaration (of Independence). They would like to move it off the stage, into the shadows, so they can just have this Constitution alone — a “living, breathing” Constitution. …
You see, a Constitution can “live and breathe” and change if it is not anchored to something eternal. That’s what the Declaration (of Independence) is, in the words that you all know … “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” That is the heart of America.
… The French Revolution had a constitution not dissimilar to the American Constitution. But the French Revolution was not based on God-given rights. It was based on three things. Equality – good. Liberty – good. Fraternity – problematic. Where did we get our rights from? Paternity – God. Where did their rights derive? From each other, from whoever has the levers of power.
… If we cut loose from the Declaration, cut loose from God-given rights, cut loose from the moral enterprise that is America, then we leave a very cold dangerous, frightening America to our children. That’s why this election is the most important election ever. Ever.
— Rick Santorum, February 23rd, as quoted today by Tom Blumer at Newsbusters, in a post titled “AP ‘Analysis’ Fails to Recognize the Declaration-Constitution Linkage.”
Related: Joan Walsh, editor at large of Salon.com on GOP: “White Older Base That Doesn’t Quite Understand the Way Healthcare Works.” meanwhile, AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka’s “progressive” worldview is paraphrased thusly: “Freedom is Mandatory Union Dues.”
Emmanuel Goldstein could not be reached for comment.