What Is A Right?

Constitution

U.S. Constitution

Often, the term “right” and “privilege” get confused.  Let’s take a look at a right in the form of a noun.  A right is not necessarily tangible in the sense that you can hold it in your hand, see it, feel it, own it or control it.  And yet, it is as tangible as a Ferrari or a mansion.  A right is something, according to The Declaration of Independence, a document without force of law, but with the force of reason and justice, that someone can be sure of and rely upon.

The excerpted text of the Declaration of Independence states as follows:

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,….”

As the Declaration says, these rights come from our Creator who was clearly understood, at the time of the writing, to be the God of the Bible.  Unalienable means that nobody can take those rights away by any lawful means.  Of course, that doesn’t mean that evil men (women included – let’s not be sexist) will not make efforts to usurp those rights and take them away if possible.  Those who are students of the writings of John Calvin understand the doctrine of “total depravity” of man.  In other words, without restraints, then, man is not to be trusted with power under any circumstances.  As Thomas Jefferson once said; “Let there be no more talk of confidence in man, but let him be bound down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”

Rights are taken for granted until they are infringed upon.  When they are threatened, then people start to guard them jealously.  As the Declaration says;

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.

This is, of course, a fall back when there is no recourse in retaining and enjoying one’s rights.  The dilemma that faces us today is that the government possesses massive powers and technologies that the founding fathers who authored the Declaration could never have envisioned.  Think about this; someone a thousand or more miles away can operate a silent (or near silent) drone thousands of feet in the air; invisible to the naked eye and which can be used to fire powerful projectiles and bombs on targets on earth below with an accuracy of +/- two feet.  That is a very subduing power.  Couple that with the power of debt.

How many Americans are one week’s pay away from defaulting on their mortgage, car payment, credit card payment etc.?  With that hanging over people’s heads, it is easy to imagine some capitulating by debtors to banks threatening to foreclose or repossess.  Will those people do things to their fellow Americans that they would not otherwise if they were not in debt?  On top of that, the government has set up a satellite system that allows them to communicate outside of normal channels.  Meanwhile the government has the ability (will they use it?) to shut down all utilities, communications, transportation and ultimately commerce while using their exclusive communication abilities to control and manipulate.

Sadly, rights receive little acknowledgment and appreciation until they are on the line, and that often leaves very little time to act.  Those in government have created an us verses them mentality between the elite political class, the wealthy and everyone else.  When push comes to shove, the average American, whether Republican, Democrat or Independent, will find that all of a sudden, they have a whole lot more in common than they ever thought.  Until that time, they can keep us all pitted against each other – white against black, young against old, rich against poor, blue collar verses white collar etc.

In the interim, the manipulators (puppet masters) have confused the public with privileges which have become rights.  A privilege is a peculiar benefit that an individual or group enjoys that is not commonly enjoyed by everyone.  It is possible that a privilege can be legislated in which case it could be construed as a right.  The problem with that is that a privilege (now a right) is not common to all, and a right is, or according to the Declaration of Independence should be.  We have the right to life, but we don’t have the right to other people’s money or property to sustain, enhance or preserve our right at the expense of someone else’s right.

Some of the privileges that have been converted to rights by leftist politicians and NGO’s (non-governmental organizations) include, but are not limited to: 1.) Medical care,  2.) transportation,  3.) cell phones,  4.) housing,  5.) abortion, and others less emphasized and pronounced.  Does everyone have a right to rely upon the Mayo Clinic for medical procedures?  Does everyone have a right to a home?  Who will provide this, and at whose expense, and will the provider become a slave to the person for whom things are being provided?  Will the recipient become a slave to the provider/broker which is the government?  Will it be distributed evenly and fairly without political and/or philosophical disagreements?  You know it won’t!  History is replete with favoritism; it’s human nature, and the left/liberal want to ignore human nature while utilizing it to accomplish his goals to manipulate and oppress mankind.

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