Divine Rights

The United States’ Declaration of Independence states “that they [men] are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”  Like all philosophical assertions, this statement is only true if an assumption, at least one, is agreed to: rights are conditional on accepting responsibility.  Another way of saying that, is my right to freedom is conditional on my adherence to a social contract.  In the US that contract is primarily the golden rule: treat others like you want them to treat you.

Accountability leads liberty

A good friend of mine was deeply troubled by the unscrupulous and scurrilous accusations directed at Judge Kavanaugh.  They made her mad enough that she was motivated to action; not only did she contact her senators, but she also exhorted those of us gathered to contact our congressional delegation as well.  Her concern centered around the neglect of due process.  I share her concern, and I did contact my senators.  Due process exemplifies that accountability is necessary for liberty.