During the presidential debate Tuesday night, Barack Obama was asked if he thought health care was a “right.”
He said he thought it was a right. Well, if you accept that premise, I think you can ask some logical follow-up questions: Food is more important than health care. You die pretty quickly without food. Do we have a “right” to food in America? What about shelter? Do we have a “right” to housing? And if we do have a right to housing, what standard of housing do we have a right to? And if it is a right, due to all Americans, wouldn’t that mean that no one should have to accept any housing, or health care, which is inferior to anyone else’s… since it’s a right?
Do we have a right to be safe? Do we have a right to be comfortable? Do we have a right to wide-screen televisions? Where does this end?
See, by taking something to a ridiculous extreme, we can illuminate the problem here… what is a right? How do we know? What’s the difference between the right to free speech — which is enshrined in the Constitution — versus the “right” to health care, which is not?
Well, back in the day, we would simply say that a right has legal authority — it’s in the Constitution and therefore it’s a not just a right, it’s a birthright. So why shouldn’t we amend the Constitution to include the rights to health care, food, housing, education — all the rest? What’s the difference between the rights we have and the “rights” Obama wants to give us?
There are clear answers. Not easy answers, but clear.
In the past two weeks, both parties have proven that they're willing to move headlong into socialism as the answer. EVERYONE deserves a government bailout. Wall Street fat cats, Main Street homeowners, car dealerships, banks...on and on. And it will go on.
They're also proving that they believe the way to avoid a recession is by guaranteeing our grandchildren a Depression. With a capital "D".
Friends, the house of cards is about to collapse.
Finish Whittle's article here:
What Is a Right and How Do We Know?
Wherein we take down Obama’s “Right to Health Care,” old-school style.