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The Grinches of Georgia

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These are men who ask not what they can do for their country but what the country can do for them–an inversion of the line that Ted Sorensen wrote for John F. Kennedy (alas, the fate of the ghostwriter, to be forever eclipsed).

So, these Senators are a couple of crooks. What a surprise.

However, while we are on the subject of that line of Sorensen’s/Kennedy’s , consider this. The famous second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence begins as follows:

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 to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men.” In other words, what Jefferson and the founders who signed that document were at pains to emphasize was that government exists to serve the people. And so, the people have every right, under the theory on which this country is founded, to ask what the government can do for them. That’s the whole point of democratic government. That’s why, under this theory that legitimate government derives from the consent of the governed, government exists to secure the rights of the people. The document didn’t say, “People exist to serve the state.” That’s the theory of monarchy and of fascism. And that’s why the Sorensen/Kennedy line about the relation of individuals to the country can’t be read as being about the relation of individuals to the government. In that direction lies idiotic nationalism of the kind one sees in, say, Trump and his cult.

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