My letter is a response to a letter written by someone else decrying the Supreme Court ruling. My thoughts were that since these rights are inalienable, that everyone has them, not just American citizens. The writer complained about the "rogue judges" of the Court granting rights to people who don't deserve them. I think a lot of Americans don't buy this the idea that everyone deserves these rights, but that's not my problem. Here's my letter, printed in the Spokane Spokesman-Review on Tuesday, June 24.
'Rogue' judges like founders
I agree wholeheartedly with letter writer Stephen Jon Taylor ("Liberal judges lead rogue court," June 21): "This country needs judges who will rule as the Founding Fathers intended." While our unalienable rights are not enshrined in the Constitution but in the Declaration of Independence, we need judges who will uphold such rights as endowed by our Creator.
Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the founders promulgated the notion that all men are created equal as part of the declaration's appeal to the "powers of the earth." Clearly these rights were viewed by the founders as belonging to all mankind regardless of nation or state, whether that be Stephen Jon Taylor, Donald Rumsfeld, Salim Ahmed Hamdan or other "detainees" held in Guantanamo. The Supreme Court affirmed such a view.
Yet the court fell short in affirming that these unalienable rights apply only to those on American soil. As surely as the words of Thomas Paine rang true with the Founding Fathers, that "the cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind," they ought to ring true today, promoting unalienable rights for all mankind. Sadly, as Taylor's letter indicates, such truths are no longer self-evident. Thank goodness for rogues, then and now.