In the wake of renewed screaming by the harpy brigade following the as-yet unsuccessful (but ongoing) efforts by the Republicans to undo the Unaffordable Don’t-Care Act, I thought it would be a good week to focus on a word the left likes to use an awful lot with plainly no idea what that word really means, but who cares because it sounds good. This week’s word is “Right,” the noun form meaning a privilege or freedom that cannot be violated.
You see folks, inherent in the concept of a “right” is that it is something you do not take from anyone else. You have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You do NOT have the right to happiness. You have the right to free speech, to practice your religion, to assemble and to a free press. You do NOT have the right to force someone to listen to you or to ignore voices you don’t want heard, you do NOT have the right to force someone to practice your religion or not to practice theirs (and secular humanism IS a religion), and you do NOT have the right to riot or commit mob crime to force people to listen to your demands. You have the right to own a gun and carry it, NOT to have the government provide one for you. You have the right not to be unreasonably searched, NOT to not be searched at all. And so on. In all of these rights, your exercise of your rights takes nothing away from anyone else that they have any legitimate claim to or imposes any burden on another person other than preventing them from interfering with your rights.
The left doesn’t get this. Their basic error is that they take the word “right” and to them it means “anything we think is good and we want to have, is a right.” There is no such thing as a “right” to an abortion, for one stark example, because that necessarily infringes upon the right of a baby to not be horribly butchered (and the Supreme Court has acknowledged this, read the Casey v. Planned Parenthood decision if you don’t believe me). There is no such thing as a right to be heard because that requires that you force others to listen. There is no such thing as a right to not be offended because that infringes on others’ right of free speech and expression (and oftentimes those others have already been told they have to put up with it when someone burns an American flag or dunks a picture of Jesus in a jar of pee). There is no such thing as a right to a “living wage” because that strips both employers and employees of their freedom to contract. And contrary to what the banshees are wailing loudly most recently, there is not and never has been a right to health care.
Health care is neither a right nor is it a privilege. It is a service and a commodity. If it’s a “right” then people who go to medical school are essentially signing up to be slaves, and yes I know that sounds hyperbolic but if health care was a “right” then that would put an affirmative duty on doctors and pharmacies to provide treatment and medicine regardless of compensation. It is just as ridiculous to claim you have an absolute right to a service as it is to claim that a doctor is a slave. Everyone already has access to health care (despite what these twits like to claim) in a free market, and yeah, you might have to go bankrupt if you get a terrible illness. Sorry, that really sucks, but the alternative is to give doctors and researchers no incentive to spend years of their lives and thousands if not millions if not billions of dollars trying to find ways to end diseases and cure ailments that used to be a death sentence. If you want to go back to the days when polio, tuberculosis, leukemia, or cystic fibrosis were invariably crippling if not fatal, I’m sure Venezuela would love to have you. Bring toilet paper. And food.
In essence, a “right” is something you have that neither the government nor anyone else can take away. It is expressly NOT something you have the authority to force anyone to provide. It is most DEFINITELY not “stuff leftists like.”
Next week, next word. I’d like to say we’re making headway but so far I’ve added more words than I’ve gone through since starting this series so it’s gonna take a while.