“The Court’s decision today is at odds not only with the Constitution, but with the principles upon which our Nation was built. Since well before 1787, liberty has been understood as freedom from government action, not entitlement to government benefits. The Framers created our Constitution to preserve that understanding of liberty. Yet the majority invokes our Constitution in the name of a ‘liberty’ that the Framers would not have recognized, to the detriment of the liberty they sought to protect. Along the way, it rejects the idea — captured in our Declaration of Independence — that human dignity is innate and suggests instead that it comes from the Government.”
– Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in his dissent on the Obergefell v. Hodges case
Is Justice Thomas correct? Is our 21st century understanding of liberty really that different than the Founding Fathers? Perhaps more importantly, does it matter?
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