The moral posturing of the Left is a very useful tool, a genial tactic finding its power in the framing of indictments and the concoction of “rights.” Passionate resentment and offended resolution are used to shame the other for not agreeing with the progressive credo.

To the Left, the Constitution is not an honored document reflecting society’s self-understanding and a vision of human nature but a pesky thing that often gets in the way. It is a dead weight in need of reinterpretation, in need of a new slate coming from “the social contract.” The so-called social contract consist of whatever positive right the Left deems to be a good thing. Legal positivism rules over a pliable human nature, giving the Left immense power over the nation.

Listening to Senator Barbara Boxer and Al Sharpton the other night as they discussed the recent HHS mandate on MSNBC’s Politics Nation offers a perfect example of the vision of the Left. The discussion was on Senator Roy Blunt’s proposed amendment offering protection to employer against paying for medical practices against his religion:

“I mean, are they serious? Sharpton exclaimed, “How do you make a law where an employer can decide his own religious beliefs violate your right to be insured?”

“Oh Absolutely,” Boxer said, “Let’s use an example, let’s say somebody believes that medicine doesn’t cure anybody of a disease but prayer does and then they decide no medicine.

“No medicine!” she exclaimed, “Under the Blunt amendment, they could do just that.”

Never before had any Administration attempted to limit the right of faith-based institutions to provide benefits in accordance with their beliefs. It is only because Obamacare opens a door for government to have such power that a change in law is needed; not to impose any new arrangement but to protect religious freedom from attack.

Of course, there is no such thing as a positive right to be insured. Show me where in the Constitution we can read that right. Health insurance is a good thing but not a right. Second, no one has a right to work with a specific religious employer. If a given employer wants to work, say, with a Christian Science group that offers no medical insurance due to their beliefs, you don’t seek employment with them.

But yes, the Constitution does offer a negative right of no intervention into the affairs of religious institutions and no right to health care. Barbara Boxer’s outraged reply reflects only the vision of the Left, not a correct understanding of rights.

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