Mark Levin: “A Post-Constitutional Country”
“I believe to a great extent we now live in a post-constitutional country, where much of the Constitution is ignored or evaded,” Levin told CNSNews.com, “It’s going to destroy us because it is an attack on the individual. It is an attack on the nature of human beings.”
In an interview with CNSNews.com about his new book—“Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America”—Mark Levin contrasts Utopian schemes laid out by political philosophers from Plato to Marx with the vision of natural law, God-given rights, and individual liberty that inspired the Founding Fathers.
Levin argues that what all these Utopians -from Plato, to More, to Hobbes, Marx and today Obama – have in common is “an attack on the nature of man, it is an attack on individual sovereignty, it is an attack on morality, it’s an attack on the civil society.” To affect the fundamental transformation of society they seek, they must destroy individual liberty, and this is a “very serious mindset and it’s not the American mindset.”
Against this Levin contrasts John Locke’s notion “of an individual’s God-given and inalienable rights, in which all individuals are entitled and which provide the moral condition of a civil society.”
“John Locke was the most frequently referred to and read of all the philosophers during the Revolutionary and pre-Revolutionary period. His impact on Thomas Jefferson was enormous. You can hear that as the basis of the Declaration of Independence”.
“What Locke meant by equality, what the Founders meant by equality in the Declaration, was not conformity, was not uniformity, was not outcomes. What they meant by equality is there are certain God-given rights that every human being upon birth has. And those God-given rights are the right to live, the right to live freely, and the right to pursue your interests. In other words, the right to be unmolested by other people and unmolested by your government. This is the essential part of our founding.”
Read the entire interview by Terence P. Jeffrey at CNSNews.com