Tam comments on how the Left wants the US to be more like Europe:
Look at all the more modern constitutions, like they have in Europe! They all include important rights, like the right to housing, food, a job, and health care, and don’t include atavistic throwbacks about the right to hunt deer with muskets. What importance does any sane person in modern society place on the right to hunt ducks compared to the right to a job and a roof over your head?
It’s an important contrast to make. The American Republic was built upon principles of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Madison’s original language was Life, Liberty, and Property, but he felt that was too British, and we’d just cast of the oppression of those limey wankers so no need to make our system too similar to theirs.
The American system values and protects natural rights, not government provided rights. Natural rights cannot be taken away by legitimate government while government provided rights can. That’s what makes America, as Michael Medved says, the greatest nation on God’s green earth.