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Happy Fourth from Elena Kagan?


The former dean of Harvard Law School and probable next justice of the United States Supreme Court does “not have a view of what natural rights are independent of the Constitution.” Does this mean that she does not believe that the unalienable rights of men derive from a source beyond government? That it is government, not Nature or Nature’s God, that anchors these rights? That government and man-made laws are her highest point of reference? If so, she repudiates a key classic principle of the American Founding. Happy Fourth?


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