Reagan, Kemp, and Mark Levin: Natural Rights and a challenge to moral superiority.
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The phrase, which Levin took from an obscure 1864 speech of Abraham Lincoln’s, is everywhere. Even in an NBC special with Tom Brokaw.
Suddenly, through the combination of Obama’s election and Washington’s headlong plunge to the left, followed by the rise of the Tea Party, Mark Levin’s books were attracting a massive audience.
So when Paul Ryan stands up and gives a speech saying that “Our rights come from nature and God, not government” (as seen here at 14.36 in this video version) and the audience bursts into applause, chanting “USA! USA!” — it’s a safe bet that there is now a wide understanding of just what Ryan is talking about.
An understanding that surely is in some fashion related to the popularity of Levin’s books.
Once upon a time a line like that would never have made it into an important speech, much less be repeated from speech to speech as Ryan now appears to be doing. Rule One in giving a speech is that the audience has to understand what the speech-giver is talking about or referencing.
Until the wild-fire success of Liberty and Tyranny, it’s safe to say there weren’t a lot of Americans quaffing a cold one and discussing natural rights received from God. Now Paul Ryan is electrifying audiences with the phrase. For that, one suspects Mark Levin’s books deserve considerable credit.
All of which is to say — there are reasons the Left is terrified of Paul Ryan.
Three of them.
Paul Ryan understands the ideas behind Reaganomics, the ideas that brought about the Left’s worst political nightmare in which they were five times the loser in Reagan or Reagan-lite landslides.
Paul Ryan understands, as did his mentor Jack Kemp, that the Left should never be allowed to claim Big Government or socialism as a bulwark of moral superiority. Instead, like Jack Kemp, Ryan is unabashed about making the moral case for capitalism and economic growth.
Paul Ryan understands exactly what millions of Americans were reading about in Liberty and Tyranny and Ameritopia: that the rights of man are natural rights that come from God, not the government.
All of which means Paul Ryan is indeed the heir to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp.
No wonder the American Left is terrified.
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