Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollections

Limits on Government, Not on the People

October 02, 2003

Re "Partial-Birth Ban Takes Aim at Right to Privacy," Commentary, Sept. 30: Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), chief spokesman for the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, asserts that the framers of the Constitution intended to give people only "the freedom to pursue the truth ... not hedonistic happiness, but true happiness that you find in serving others." He's wrong.

This is not a recipe for freedom, but for totalitarianism. Who is to decide whether citizens are pursuing the truth? Why, the government. This is what the founding fathers sought to avoid. Ayn Rand wrote that "the Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals ... it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government ... it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizens' protection against the government."

Stewart Margolis

Los Angeles

Advertisement
Los Angeles Times Articles
|
|
|