As I tossed and turned each night this week, a thought kept coming back.Â What, exactly, constitutes a “right”?
We have passed legislation, called the “Voting Rights Act” which protects Americans’ right to vote from discrimination.Â
But is gay marriage a “RIGHT”?Â Is marriage a “RIGHT” at all?Â And who is to decide?Â What gay marriage activists always ignore is that “traditional marriage” is, in fact, a covenant between man, woman & God.Â So are gay activists saying only the Government has the power to provide, and therefore takeaway, “RIGHTS”?
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. â€” That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…
What about healthcare?Â Â Do I have a “RIGHT” to smoke?Â Do I have a “RIGHT” to eat bad food?Â If, for example, healthcare is a “RIGHT” — then on the face of it, it cannot exist in the free market because “rights” have to be regulated/protected by the Government.
Too many people these days throw around the word “RIGHT” — and have absolutely no clue what they are talking about.Â In addition, “RIGHTS” are not free — they come with “RESPONSIBILITY”.Â Â Again, not something the gay marriage activists wish to talk about.
There.Â Now you know what rolls around in my brain as the Ambien tries to win each night.
UPDATE (from Dan): Great minds think alike, but often with different styles. 🙂
I just caught this post (via Glenn) and intended to use it as a starting point from a piece on rights. Basically Professor Bainbridge notes how many of the things which contemporary liberals define as “rights” (he calls them “positive rights”) “cannot be achieved without limiting the liberty of individuals.”