Dignity, respect aren't entitlements (Thomen)

About halfway through Professor Alan Garfield’s article in Saturday’s News Journal introducing us to three essays regarding the US Constitution, he writes, “But what almost all Americans intuitively know about their Constitution – even the multitude who have never read it – is that the document represents a nation in which the people are sovereign and every individual is entitled to dignity and respect.”

Really, Professor Garfield? Dignity and respect are entitlements?

Maybe I am wrong, but I was brought up to think that dignity was a reflection of a person’s behavior, that respect was something a person earned by reason of his/her exemplary behavior.

So, Professor Garfield, when did these personal attacks become entitlements? Have I missed something along the way?

James R. Thomen

See also Constitution Day essays are a mixed bag, 9/16/18.
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