– By KOOK (RB) from Allied Liberty News
Adding “I’ve Got Rights” to the Kook’s list of worst pet peeve cliché's along with “C’mon Time to Give Something Back.” and further proving that Liberalism is an emotional reaction not an intellectual pursuit, you do NOT have the Right to Free Healthcare, a college education, a Car, A House, a Vacation, or anything else like that which government can decree.
But “I’ve got Rights!” you say?
Well, Barney, from where do your rights spring forth? Do they exist at the whim of the President? The U.N.? Nancy Pelosi? Who? Who gave them to you? If you are spiritual you may say “God”, and I can not disagree. But if you are not spiritual and yet, still think that your rights are not from the whim of some sleazy, stinky, worthless ass politician then where do you think you got them?
If you say the Constitution of the Declaration of Independence or the Bill of Rights you are still so wrong. What those documents did was VOICE the rights that are Unalienable. For those of you living in Detroit or the People’s Republic of Berkeley Unalienable means:
Now whether you believe that the Government gives you your rights or whether you believe that you just have them …by virtue of being alive, or by being God given, it all really boils down to one central idea. But we will come back to that.
People used to be ruled by the “Divine Right of Kings”, meaning kings were of the opinion that God gave them the right to rule. If you choose to believe in neither a deity or divine rights, then from where do you believe the Government draws its’ authority from? Some will quickly shout “The People”. Well in order for that to be true, namely, that Governments serve the “Will of The People”, the people must first have had the authority in order to give it to the Government in the first place. If that is the case: the people had the authority to govern themselves in the first place, then it becomes rather impossible for you to say that the Government is the source of our rights. This is otherwise known as Social Contract Theory, or the theory that Governments derive their rights from the people. People created government, Government did not create people. So how does the created thing become the master? This would be akin to saying that your car drives you.
If you believe the Government does not derive its’ power through divine right, and also that it does not get its’ power from the people, then where DO you believe it comes from? I suppose if you are a true liberal you would have to say “it just does” or the “might makes right” argument and that would be enough of an explanation for you. If that is the case then I simply do not know what to tell you.
The natural law argument would be either that a) God gave man free will and he is to rule himself, or if you prefer to look at it more secularly, b) because of the constancy of human nature certain policies have just always WORKED, while others never have and never will. We have made great technological leaps, however human nature has not ever changed.
The easiest way to understand natural law (devoid of theological discussions which would arrive at the same conclusion) is to say it is how a rational human being, seeking to survive and prosper, would act, while balancing the drive to survive and prosper with the goal of not injuring another human. Or in easier terms, it is the balance of self preservation while following the Golden Rule. Ancient Philosophers time and time again realized that certain ideas were universal in the good governance of people, whether you believe this is through man-made logical reasoning or through a gift of God it remains that certain Truisms' do exist, and these are what are known as Natural Law.
Or , I actually think Tommy J said it best:
“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.”
So what are your natural rights? I believe that the best list of Man’s Natural Rights are found in our Founding Documents. And I can assure you, nowhere in them is there the right to: Medicine, Food, Cars, Homes, Education, or really much of anything without cost. And that brings me to another important point. None of the things that the present administration is considering are FREE. It all costs something, and ultimately it will cost more than money. It will cost us all a terrible price. So the question you must ask yourself is;
Do you have free will? Are you a sovereign person? Are you responsible for you? or do you submit your welfare and your entire existence over to the state, becoming a minor dependant. Basically, are you, in fact, Free or are you a slave? Because those are your choices.