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Ketanji Brown Jackson refuses to say whether individuals have natural rights

President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson, declined to say whether she holds a position on whether individuals have natural rights.

Jackson declined to comment on his beliefs about natural rights in a post-hearing written question and answer from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Please explain, in your own words, the widespread theory among members of the Founding Fathers’ generation that humans possess inherent or inalienable natural rights,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) asked Jackson.

Jackson acknowledged that natural rights are embedded in our nation’s founding documents in his response.

She says:

The theory that humans possess inherent or inalienable rights is reflected in the Declaration of Independence, which states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Then Cruz asked Jackson, “Do you have a position on whether individuals have natural rights, yes or no?”

“I don’t have a position on whether individuals have natural rights,” Jackson said.

Cruz called Jackson’s response “superb” in a Tweeter sent on Saturday evening. “It’s beautiful,” Cruz wrote. “The Declaration of Independence proclaims: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights….’ KBJ says she has “no position” on whether this is true.

Other social media users have called Jackson’s failure to answer the natural rights question “disqualifying” or “a Trojan horse for tyranny.”

“This should be automatically disqualifying”, a user tweeted.

“If Judge Ketanji Jackson does not recognize the natural rights bestowed on us by our Creator – the literal foundation of American values ​​- she absolutely cannot be upheld at the SCOTUS,” one user said. wrote. “This woman is a massive threat to basic human freedom. It is a Trojan horse for tyranny.

“The Constitution and the original Bill of Rights are firmly based on natural rights, therefore inalienable,” said another user. tweeted. “Ketanji disqualifies himself with this answer.”

“If we don’t have natural rights, then the ‘self-evident’ truths of the Declaration are only a fiction. And Ketanji Brown Jackson and his colleagues become mere dispensers of justice Melian”, Tom Shakely tweeted.

“They believe that our rights come from man. It’s as simple as that”, Benjamin Weingarten tweeted.



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