Contributed by: filbert Tuesday, September 04 2012 @ 04:25 PM CST
The only person I can be said to belong to is my wife.
The government belongs to me–and to all of us. This is very, very different from saying that we “belong” to the government.
The concept that the government was subordinate to the people was a revolutionary concept–in fact, back in the day, they called the intellectual revolution surrounding that thought “The Enlightenment.” This was in opposition to the older view, the view reflected in the concept of the “divine right of kings” and the like.
That older, less Enlightened age is the one that the Democratic Party of the United States wants to take us back to. For our own good, of course.
UPDATE: Just like “you didn’t build that” and “what Republicans are saying is harmful to Israel” this has now become yet another of those (many) things that the Democrats never said, despite what your lying ears may tell you by actually listening to their plain words.
In this context, the difficulty the Democrats have in reading the Constitution becomes more understandable.