The Perils of Goverment-Given “Rights”

This column was posted this week, at World Net Daily…

“Health care is a right!” That’s the swank mantra from the new class of progressive Democratic presidential candidates. Some also suggest that private health insurance companies be shuttered and the government shoulder health oversight services instead.

How long before we hear one of them declare that food is a right? After all, one needs nourishment to live. The stock soundbite might proclaim, “It’s shameful to think that humans should have to purchase their sustenance from corporate-owned grocery stores and for-profit farms

And, if government is to provide health care and food, certainly housing for all must be a right as well.

Cue the cheering simpletons, like the one I overheard at the gym recently. A young millennial was complaining to a guy with whom she shares a college history class, “The only history I like is the one on my Instagram.”

And I’m thinking, those who don’t know their history are destined to repeat it.

Our rights do not come from the government; they come from God. America’s founders understood this, as dictated in the Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson. This brilliant apology for revolution contains a theory of rights dependent on a Supreme Being – not government – for its validity. The Declaration states 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.

Whereas the Declaration justified a rebellion against the king of England to secure God-given rights, the eventual Constitution (which is religiously neutral) is a blueprint for stable and effective republican government in a free country.

And, if government is to provide health care and food, certainly housing for all must be a right as well.

Cue the cheering simpletons, like the one I overheard at the gym recently. A young millennial was complaining to a guy with whom she shares a college history class, “The only history I like is the one on my Instagram.”

And I’m thinking, those who don’t know their history are destined to repeat it.

Our rights do not come from the government; they come from God. America’s founders understood this, as dictated in the Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson. This brilliant apology for revolution contains a theory of rights dependent on a Supreme Being – not government – for its validity. The Declaration states 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.”

Whereas the Declaration justified a rebellion against the king of England to secure God-given rights, the eventual Constitution (which is religiously neutral) is a blueprint for stable and effective republican governement in a free country.

Please read the rest of this column at World Net Daily:
https://www.wnd.com/2019/02/the-perils-of-government-given-rights/

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  1. Sir : Your argument is not only totally specious , but just plain ludicrous . You mean, Americans have no right to health care ? It’s perfectly OK to allow people who can’t afford it to die , or suffer terribly and be permanently disabled ? Is this in any way CHRISTIAN ?

    Our government is and SHOULD be secular, in order to preserve the rights , religious or otherwise , of all Americans . And if we were to have universal health care , would it mean we would inevitably become another Soviet union ? The Soviet Union under

    Stalin and other dictators provided health care . So what ? This was hardly the worst aspect of Soviet Russia .

    Every major industrialized nation on earth provides universal health care for its citizens . Germany, the Scandinavian countries , Austria, Switzerland, France, etc . Canada, Australia ,Japan and other countries . America is the only country which does not .

    Tell me, are Canada, Australia, Germany and other countries totalitarian communist dictatorships ? Hardly . In fact, there is much more freedom and prosperity in other countries than in America , which has been reduced to fascist and theocratic chaos

    and mass poverty by the Republican party . We now have a tiny handful of superrich and powerful people, but poverty, unemployment and hopelessness have increased exponentially . Trump’s “booming economy “ is nothing but smoke and mirrors .

    And please don’t give me all that nonsense about ‘the government shouldn’t help this in need – churches and charities should .” These are totally inadequate to provide for the millions of Americans who are out of work through no fault of their own,

    the poor who are struggling to earn enough to provide for their families, and the struggling middle class , as well as the disabled, people with serious illnesses etc .

    America is a Christian nation only in the sense that the majority of Americans happen to be Christians . But we are now the most religiously diverse nation in world history , with many millions of people who follow Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and other faiths, as well as millions of atheists sand agnostics .

    There are now more atheists in America than there were people at the time of our founding . What about the rights of all these non-christians, including me, a non-observant, secular, agnostic Jew ? I’m sick and tired of the ludicrous claims of Christians like yourself about the

    alleged “persecution “ of Christians in America . In fact, Christians are still the majority and have most of the power, money and influence n America . The vast majority of US politicians, whether member of congress or around the country, are still Christians .

    As well as the vast majority of judges and other US officials .

    Our rights do not come from “God . , whatever that is . This imaginary bronze age Semitic sky deity has never specifically stated what our rights are . And those Christians who claim our rights come from “God “ are actually saying that THEY have the right

    to determine what the rights of Americans are . If the government did not provide for those in need , we would have millions and millions of jobless, homeless people, including children, starving in the streets . This is not in any way

    “Christian “. Every year in America, 30 to 40 thousand people DIE because they cannot afford medical care , and even more , people who are not even poor, go bankrupt in order to get it . Does this happen in Europe, Australia, Canada and other

    countries with universal health care ? HELL NO !!!!

    Is it right in America for rich parents to easily afford the best health care in the world for their children , while poor ones are at constant risk of their children DYING because health care is too expensive ?

    – Robert

  2. This nation is like no other in history (other than ancient Israel) because we strive for these unalienable rights.
    God help us if these maniacal socialists ever take over.
    Faith S.

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