"The Declaration of Independence, however, is not a legal prescription conferring powers upon the courts; and the Constitution's refusal to "deny or disparage" other rights is far removed from affirming any one of them, and even farther removed from authorizing judges to identify what they might be, and to enforce the judges' list against laws duly enacted by the people."
Justice Antonin Scalia
(1936-2016) American jurist, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Justice Scalia dissenting, Troxel v. Granville, 530 U.S. 57, 91-92 (2000)
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Tyrant Scalia... Can't figure out what People's "rights" are... If it can be done without necessarily injuring others, it is a right. According to COMMON LAW, as the constitution guarantees US citizens trial, there are only 2 laws: Do not encroach on any person or their property. AND: Meet your agreements. If you satisfy those 2 legal requisites everything else you might do is your right, as stated in The Declaration of Independence, your RIGHT TO PURSUE HAPPINESS.
 -- DanielVincentKelleyOnYT, Newport Vermont     
    The above word salad is sufficiently cryptic as to induce one into believing that legal positivism has replaced natural law in the de jure representative republic. A string of truth is woven through a quagmire of despotic rhetoric and otherwise untruths to hide the ultimate enslavement of 'We The People'. Man can not create law (law has existed eternally as a 'state of nature') and Scalia's reference to "laws duly enacted" enforces a Police State's tyranny (NDAA, the Patriot Act, etc. for example).
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Rights are not "granted" by the courts or by the government. Not in a free nation anyway.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    "Laws duly enacted" doesn't make them good or right, it just makes them legal.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    I think Scalia is agreeing with you guys, not sure why the thumbs down. Maybe just because it is Scalia.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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