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11 August 2012 @ 05:24 pm
Pursuit of Happiness  
Paul Ryan states that “Our rights come from nature and God, not from government. That's who we are. That's how we built this country. That's who we are. That's what made us great. That's our founding.”

Are we headed for a theocracy? God gets to decide which rights we have even though we don't all believe in God or agree on what God is like or what He or She or They want for us? I thought we came together with respect for religious freedom, mindful of past religious wars and persecution in the Old World, and decided we would never let our leaders rule based on a single religious view as European and British kings did.

Ryan made a similar statement in July, saying that rights “come from nature and God, according to the Declaration of Independence.” Does he remember the part about "pursuit of happiness?" There's nothing in there about "only the kinds of happiness God approves of." We are free to do all sorts of things the Christian God doesn't like, and that's exactly how it's supposed to be in America.
Warrior of Worrywarriorofworry on August 11th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
We're headed for a theocracy if we don't get out the vote for Obama. I never thought I'd seriously worry about living in Margaret Atwood's "Handmaid's Tale" dystopia. . .
Tapatitapati on August 11th, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC)

We are definitely getting too close for my comfort.

And we need to think about the Supreme Court.

I only hope that listening to Ryan spew his financial theories will drive progressives to the polls. (Or, in the case of Ohio voters, to the absentee ballots since they limited voting hours in Dem counties.)
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on August 12th, 2012 12:16 am (UTC)
mari concurs