Saturday, June 09, 2012

Rights vs. Privileges

A few examples...

I can speak for myself, and therefore I have the right to speech.  I can defend my property myself, and therefore I have the right to property.  I can think for myself, and therefore I have the right to believe as I wish.

Now luckily for me the US Constitution grants me, the individual, rights and are defined as such within the document.  Lucky are us that reside in this wonderful nation.

Rights are individual, the moment a second party is involved in any circumstance there is privilege.  Privileges and rights are similar but they clearly are not the same.

I do not have a right to marry another person.  Marriage involves a second party and at least in this country one does not have the right to demand of another to enter into an agreement.  This means that neither what society refers to as straight people or as gay people do not simply have a right to get married.  Please do not confuse what I just wrote as my opinion on 'gay marriage', my opinion on the matter is not the point.

I do not have the right to health care.  I cannot demand that another person treat me for an illness or an accident that jeopardizes my health or life.  The services rendered by health care providers often involve many other parties and there must be mutual agreements between all in order for the privilege of health care.

Far too often I see, read, or hear people demand certain rights when rights simply do not apply.  I believe that far too many people are ill informed on what a right is.  Society creates laws, but laws are not rights.  At best laws are permissions, limitations, or privileges.  When multiple parties agree to enact laws, they are not granting rights.  Laws cannot infringe on rights for individuals, laws are also not permanent -- as rights are.

The news media and politicians often portray rights being denied.  In the examples above I have heard many say that people are being denied health care and that gay people are denied rights by not being allowed to marry.  I simply ask, what rights are being denied... and to this point the question is never answered.

I want other individuals to be happy and healthy as they see fit.  So do what feels right, just don't intrude on the rights of others in the process.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Candidates against Property Rights

So what happens in New Mexico when a property owner comes home to find unauthorized campaign signs in his front yard??  Long story short; property owner removes signs, campaign supporters thug up property owner, and candidate is quoted in news media...

 At the time of the incident, Cruz denied having any knowledge of anyone involved in the incident, saying that it was “unfortunate” that Cunnyngham removed signs that “did not belong to him.”
Property rights continue their slow death in this country.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

If Obama drops Biden...

Comment of the day...

Obama/Warren 2012
Because we have no idea who they are.

Bumper sticker writes itself.

Congrats to the winners of Kingman elections...

Just a quick note of congratulations to the winners of last week's city council elections in Kingman AZ.  I don't keep track of things as I may have at one time, but still wish good fortune on my former community, friends, and family 'back home' as I still have the habit of calling the place.

See election results here (unofficial as far as I can tell at this moment)

Only 2900 people bothered to show up to vote??  Come on folks, you can do better.