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3 August, 2009

Right

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 13:45

This letter to the editor on the Patriot Post nails it:

“Is health care a right? I propose that one person’s rights may not create a burden for another person. We have the right to free speech, but we may not force someone else to listen. We have the right to worship as we choose, but we may not compel another person to attend church with us. We have the right to keep and bear arms, but if our neighbor chooses not to, we may not require that he carry a firearm. A right to health care cannot exist because it requires that someone else provide it. Another person may not infringe on my Liberty by requiring that I provide for his needs. That was called Slavery, and has long been abolished in America.”

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3 Comments »

  1. I’m no fan of Obama’s health care..

    But this argument is simplistic, convenient and reactionary.

    “I propose that one person’s rights may not create a burden for another person”

    So, if we are going to use this statement as a mandate, then all a person need to do is prove that they have been “burdened” by free speech, weapon ownership and/or religious worship, which should then result in the eradication of said right?

    I guess people don’t yell fire in crowded theaters anymore?

    Absurd.

    Comment by Bob — 4 August, 2009 @ 7:43

  2. I think you missed the point. Rights exist without the necessity of a financial burden on others. This so-called “right” to health care exists only if others are financially burdened.

    So it fails to meet the definition of a right. It doesn’t mean that if, somehow, I managed to get charged for your free speech that free speech isn’t a right.

    Comment by buttle — 4 August, 2009 @ 8:06

  3. No, I understand and I agree with the sentiment..Honest

    I just have a problem with the words used..

    “I propose that one person’s rights may not create a burden for another person”

    Seems lazy to me…or at least not terribly realistic

    Who defines burden? You plugged in a fiscal component, but surely that’s not the only kind of “burden”?

    I think, to prove the point, the author would have to present a right that has not “burdened” another citizen?

    Yeah, Im a stickler….Annoys the hell out of my wife.

    Comment by Bob — 4 August, 2009 @ 11:59


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