Tuesday, January 29, 2013

What is Liberty and what are Rights?

I want to explain my understanding of what Liberty is, and what Rights are.  I may be wrong, if so, please explain why I'm wrong.

Liberty is being able to do what you want to, when you want to, where you want to, with whom you want to, as long as you are not harming anyone else or infringing on someone else's Liberty.  An owner of a property can tell someone else what they may do with or on that property.  If the person doesn't agree, they can just leave.

A right, which is inalienable, is what you have Without government permission.  You can not drive a car without a license, for instance, it is therefore Not a right.  A right is not something specifically Given to you by the government or any document.  Our Constitution specifically sets aside certain rights to be protected by the law.  But in a Free country that should not be necessary.  All that should be necessary is restrictions on what the government is allowed to do, setting aside everything else to be Rights of all free people.  For instance, you can eat a hotdog with ketchup on it at a Baseball game, even though the Constitution doesn't mention hotdogs.  It is still an implied Right.

So why is it that people seem to want to legislate away peoples Rights again and again?  Sure this country started with slavery in the South, and people fought to free them.  But only to a point, because we then had segregation.  I can give you dozens of examples of people trying to eliminate more and more Rights. 

I don't think we have any Rights anymore in the USA.  What we have are privileges.  Which are things you can do either with government permission, or until the government says you can't.  And the President can just have me assassinated on a whim, or indefinitely detained without charges, a lawyer, or a trial.  I can just be disappeared, sent away, and forgotten.

Welcome to Amerika.

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