Ben Affleck Bill MaherBen Affleck made national news in early October when he nearly broke down crying during a debate with Bill Maher and Sam Harris over Islam. In my rush to cover his petulant behavior I completely glossed over one important detail — Mr. Affleck refused to say that all men were “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” He corrected himself as the “Cr” came out of his mouth to say our “forefathers” were the source of our rights. The implications of such an edit to our history are profound, and give insight into the liberal mind that must be exposed.

The exchange went as follows:

Bill Maher: “Why are you so hostile about this concept?”

Ben Affleck: “Because it’s gross! It’s racist! It’s like saying ‘you shifty Jew.’”

Bill Maher: You’re not listening to what we are saying.”

Ben Affleck: You guys are saying, if want be liberals believe in liberal principles. That’s freedom of speech. Like we are endowed by our Cr-forefathers with certain inalienable rights. All men are created equal.

Sam Harris: No, Ben. We have to be able to criticize bad ideas.

Ben Affleck: Of course we do. No liberal doesn’t want you to criticize bad ideas.

Here is an excerpt of what the U.S. Declaration of Independence actually says:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

If your rights are doled out to you according to the auspices of men, then they can be altered at any time. If your rights are something that is a part of your being — a gift from an eternal Creator who always was, is, and will be — no one can take them from you. Ever.

The heart of liberalism beats with tyrannical blood. A true liberal activist denies God because, whether he realizes it or not, he wants to play God.

If your rights come from man — or a small elite group of men — then you will ultimately be forced to worship and adore them as if they were gods. If your rights come from God — the true God — then no man has the moral authority to deny you of your life, liberty or property.

When you couple the woeful state of the U.S. education system with the insidious way liberal actors, politicians, and media all go about trying to divorce Americans from their true history, it is a recipe for disaster. The reason why so many liberals despise the tea party movement is because conservatives and libertarians are acutely aware of America’s true history. They are familiar with the words of James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay. They’ve read Alexis de Tocqueville. They have copies of the U.S. Constitution in their home and know that our rights come from the Creator.

Ben Affleck reacts viscerally to conservative men because they are roadblocks to tyranny. They stand in the way of the wannabe masters of the universe and their plans to control every aspect of human life — down to the tablespoons of sugar Americans consume every single day.

When we “cling” to God there is no need to latch on to the empty promises of politicians. When we “cling” to guns, we can more easily fulfill our right — our duty — to “throw off” a tyrannical government if necessary. All patriotic Americans pray that the day never comes where prudence demands such extreme measures, but that still does not change the need to vigilantly defend liberty.

Carefully watch and listen to actors like Ben Affleck, and you will catch them surreptitiously trying to change America into something that would be completely unrecognizable — abhorrent, actually — to our Founding Fathers. You may not be able to enjoy their movies as much as you used to, but you’ll be doing your own small part to safeguard civil society for future generations.

Editor’s Note: You can watch the video here. Mr. Affleck’s line comes shortly after the 1:50 mark.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

11 comments

  1. “You may not be able to enjoy their movies as much as you used to, but you’ll be doing your own small part to safeguard civil society for future generations.”

    Like by not watching their movies at all! 😀

    1. Like by not watching their movies at all! 😀

      As I’ve said before, you can’t change the culture by sitting on the sideline like a little kid watching the parade go by. You join the parade in larger and larger numbers until you and your friends are the parade.

      Regardless, if your decision is to sit out movies with guys like Ben Affleck, then I respect it. I respect it even more because I know what a fan of DC you are. I’m assuming you won’t be seeing Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice, or the first Justice League movie. Kudos for sticking to your principles.

    2. So you’ll make a statement on the moral bankruptcy of Ben Affleck’s politics by accepting stolen goods? The best euphemism I can come up for that one is “unique.”

    3. Getting bootleg copies is a good way to get the FBI to break down your door at 4 a.m. and get arrested for piracy. No thanks. I’d prefer to stay off the authorities’ radar.

  2. I have noticed a trend with actors and even more with comic writers. They preach about getting together on twitter and taking stands but if you do not agree with them they don’t want you to have a voice. You are allowed to discuss topics that they agree with but you are blocked from it if they do not agree.

    Why don’t they just admit that they only care if it works for them.

  3. I sometimes hear conservatives and libertarians talking about “our Second Amendment rights.” I’ve always disliked that term, because it makes it sound as if the right to keep and bear arms was granted by the Constitution, and is therefore dependent on that Constitution. As you say, if our “rights” come from the government, then they are not rights, but privileges, and can be revoked at any time.

    It’s very revealing when Affleck says that we are endowed by our “forefathers” (presumably, the convention that ratified the Constitution) with rights, or when leftists, arguing that the Second Amendment is about state government militias, say, “The Second Amendment does not grant civilians a right to privately own guns.”

    The Bill of Rights does not “grant” or “endow” freedom of speech, freedom of religion, a right to own weapons, or anything else. It acknowledges and codifies the rights that people already have.

    1. The Bill of Rights does not “grant” or “endow” freedom of speech, freedom of religion, a right to own weapons, or anything else. It acknowledges and codifies the rights that people already have.

      Well said, as always, Tom.

  4. “The Bill of Rights does not “grant” or “endow” freedom of speech, freedom of religion, a right to own weapons, or anything else. It acknowledges and codifies the rights that people already have.”

    That is an awsome statement. I will use that!

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