Anonymous, via Kevin at Smallest Minority:
Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured…
But not that everyone prove they are a citizen.
Let me be clear. I don’t believe that people have a “right” to health care; because, what advocating such a “right” basically means is that you believe you have a “right” to my mind; you have a “right” to my professional competence; i.e., you have a “right” to enslave me.
[Emphasis in original.] Yeah, read the whole thing. It’s short.
Unlike this, which is where I got the above quote and which is what I really wanted to point at. Kevin Baker over at the Smallest Minority does an Überpost on what is and is not a right, centering on health care. Absolutely wade in and keep going. Chock full of nutritious linkiness.
Including this from Marko the Munchkin Wrangler:
A human right only requires that people leave you alone to exercise it, not that they work for you, whether you give them money for their work or not. Freedom of speech is a human right. Freedom of association is a human right. Free exercise of religion is a human right. Free band-aids and vaccinations aren’t.
Aside from health care, Kevin also mentions:
Police protection isn’t a right. The courts say so. Fire protection isn’t a right. Education isn’t a right either, but I will agree that the majority certainly believes that it is.
“The courts say so.” Exactly. If police protection were a right, the police would be liable every time a crime was committed, and as every Jurisdiction in the land has declared, from the podunkiest little whistlestop to the Supremes they-own-black-robed selves, the cops are never around when you need one, because they can’t be. You do, however, have the right to arm your self, for self-protection. Although, oddly, the courts are only just now beginning to examine what is so plainly and clearly stated in the U.S. Constitution, as well as most state constitutions. Many jurisdictions have simultaneously declared that the police have no obligation to protect you, but you are forbidden to protect yourself and must rely on the police. Huh. How about that. Kinda makes you wonder what side they’re on, doesn’t it?
Speaking of guns, you should head over to The Smallest Minority and read Kevin Baker’s long, fact-filled piece taking apart, no, completely annihilating the oft-repeated assertion that Britain is safer because they’ve got real gun control.
Britain is an island. They have some of the strictest national gun control laws in the West.
You think gun control reduces violence? You think if there are no guns, the worst we have to worry about are a few cuts and bruises? You think we should all just get along? You’re in favor of gun-control? Here’s what you’re in favor of, sweetheart:
You are on the side of violence, crime, and tyranny. You are wrong.
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