Tuesday, March 09, 2010

America's One Party System: Big Government

H/T Skeptical Eye

From Skeptical Eye:

"The Judge makes a distinction between rights and goods per a question about the "right" to heath care. But any such right would violate someone else's rights, because you can't have the right to a good, be it the right to health care or the right to food or clothing, without making a claim on the life of another. Whether that claim is in the form of the theft called taxes (to pay for your "right") or in the time and services of the supplier of that good (Doctors who must treat you because you have a "right" to their talents in the field of medicine), it is in fact destructive of real rights (the right to the fruits of one's labor and the right to be free from coercion and slavery), and so cannot be a right itself."

Ayn Rand said something similar:
"Any alleged "right" of one man, which necessitates the violation
of the rights of another, is not and cannot be a right. No man
can have a right to impose an unchosen obligation, an unrewarded
duty or an involuntary servitude on another man. There can be no
such thing as "the right to enslave". -- Ayn Rand

Or Thomas Jefferson:

"Jefferson believed that each individual has "certain inalienable rights." That is, these rights exist with or without government; man cannot create, take, or give them away. It is the right of "liberty" on which Jefferson is most notable for expounding. He defines it by saying "rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual." Hence, for Jefferson, though government cannot create a right to liberty, it can indeed violate it. And the limit of an individual's rightful liberty is not what law says it is but is simply a matter of stopping short of prohibiting other individuals from having the same liberty. A proper government, for Jefferson, is one that not only prohibits individuals in society from infringing on the liberty of other individuals, but also restrains itself from diminishing individual liberty."

We've gotten very far from whence we came. God bless Judge Napolitano.

Thank you for reading this blog.

1 comment:

Teresa said...

The U.S. government is violating our privacy and rights. It does seem to be that both parties are for big government. I am even having second thoughts about the Patriot Act, especially because of Obama and you never know whose going to end up in the Office of President.

If your interested in a debate I posted a link on my teresamerica blog to a debate I started as to whether the Patriot Act is constitutional or not.

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