Think You Know Your Rights?


If you believe that Senator Bernie Sanders idea of universal medical care is a legitimate “right” that you are entitled to, you need this refresher course in civics and the Constitution.

There are two basic types of rights; natural rights which come from God and apply to all people everywhere and then the additional rights, created by man in the form of laws supported by the US Constitution, expressly unique to this country.

Examples of natural rights are life, liberty, freedom, self-determination, self-defense and the pursuit of our own internally determined goals and aspirations.  All rights have conditions; the main one being that exercising a right is legitimate only in the absence of interfering with someone else.  It is also true that in spite of having rights, securing them has no absolute guarantee, even within the US.  The simplest and most important right, that of life itself, can be forfeited by law or nature, examples: (the death penalty or justifiable homicide), or by Planned Parenthood, (via abortion and a tortured view of the Constitution), and finally, by being struck by lightning or simply dying of old age.

Laws stemming from the Constitution define personal and property rights.  Examples of personal rights include the right to assemble, vote, speak, have a trial by jury, not be compelled to self-incrimination, etc.  Property right examples include property ownership and the freedom to enjoy the fruits of your labor on and from that property.  Again, these rights are not absolute and can be abridged by issues of law, nature and lawlessness, examples: (you can’t yell fire in a movie theatre, your property can be destroyed by a hurricane, and over-reaching government can miss-use eminent domain regulation or EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) regulations can render your property useless.

President Calvin Coolidge said:

“Ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing.”

No right is absolute and absolutely no right is legitimate when it compels others to action in order to serve someone else.  Demanding performance from others for our own self-interest is by definition socialism pushing towards communism as defined by the following dictionary definition of the term:

“a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.”

This describes the “single-payer” system of health care as Senator Sanders defines it.


Today, nearly 130 million people, or approximately 40% of the US population is already on Medicare or Medicaid at the expense of the taxpayer.  If the government would de-regulate the insurance industry, the free market forces would create competitive advantage and then insurance would be affordable.  Competition makes everything better and the private sector consistently demonstrates better efficiency, proficiency and expedience than any governmental agency, (think DMV or IRS.)

Demanding and then expecting others to secure your “rights” is a moral failure and will steepen our already sharp trajectory into an unrecoverable decline.


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