I wrote this a couple weeks ago. It was obviously inspired by the health care debate, but it touches on my feelings on the role of government in private life.
Rights are those things granted by God or Nature which every human for tens of thousands of years have been born with. They are few, but they have not changed. Every living thing is born with the ability to succeed within the limits of their potential. This is called freedom, the most fundamental right. The experience of freedom can be limited by circumstance, but the claim to it is universal. There is also the right to protect one’s self, family, and property. To deny this right, is to forfeit freedom. Another inherent right is that to the intellectual domain; the realm of choice, belief, and knowledge that cannot be touched by external factors.
We were not born with the gift of medicine any more than we were born with the gifts of television, mathematics, automobiles, electricity, or government. All of these are the result of observation, study, knowledge and innovation. These inventions are hard-earned, over the course of human history, and are a testament to our ability to shape the world around us, but could be easily stripped from us under the right circumstances. All of these things are privileges that we enjoy, that we should be thankful for, and that we can take pride in proliferating, but none are our right.
Health care is not a right. It is the invention of society, though it may be a goal that society-minded individuals should strive for… As medicine/health care often relate directly to our ability to live, it is understandable that individuals would defend their access to it. There is, however, no inherent claim to good health. Why, then, should I be imposed upon to provide this privilege for anybody that that I don’t implicitly choose?
Because the government says so? Government does not exist in a void. Government is a social construct. Government has NO rights that are not granted by its citizens, including the right to exist. The government is US. And We The People are divided… With such a division, is it truly the best decision to bully through to a "solution"?