Welcome to the United Socialist States of America. The country you knew and loved before yesterday doesn’t exist anymore. You now live in a country where one ruling class of ideologues have successfully started the transformation of this country to be something wholly different than what the founding fathers fought and died to protect. You now live in a country where the concept of a “right” has been bastardized to be anything that will pacify the masses with entitlements and grow government. The country you used to live in valued a right as something that was a condition of existence to which one has a natural claim of enjoyment or possession that did not infringe on anyone else’s rights, like the right to be free.
Now, you have a “right” to health care, a “right” which only is able to exist because it is secured from others who will be penalized to pay for your “right.” Soon you will probably also have a “right” to a job, even if it detracts from the right of an employer to have the freedom to hire whomever he wants. We have been moving toward the “right” to own a house, whether you can afford it or not, though this “right” has since been temporarily curtailed, as the folly of this “right” caused our society to falter economically. Maybe we should take heed from this little hiccup when granting these kinds of “rights,” which only have life at the expense of others, though the latest “right” to health care we have been bestowed with seems to be of the same ilk.
If you are looking for a yardstick to judge which right is actually valid, and which is not, remember, a true right bestows upon the individual a condition of existence that doesn’t detract from anyone else’s rights. These are natural rights, and are unalienable. However, when someone wants to grant you a “right” which detracts form someone else’s rights, even if it benefits you initially, this is not a right. Moreover, if this action grows the government which granted you this “right,” you can be wholly assured it is not a right. Rather, it is an entitlement, given you by the government, which leaves you dependant on, and subservient to, that same government.
By accepting theses “rights”, you have in essence given up your natural rights, and you have allowed the government to control your existence as it sees fit. Again, welcome to your new country.
For those who do not accept this new country as being valid, the remedy is simple. It has been around for over two hundred years. It is the preamble to the Declaration of Independence:
“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.”