One of my favorite pastimes is trolling the internet for socialist educrats; then writing them demanding they answer fundamental questions regarding their statist philosophy.
Lo, I have found the greatest website on the planet:
HAHAHAHHA *gasp* hahahahahlskflaksdjflaskdjflaskdjf *falls off chair convulsing on the floor*
Now, I have taken a moment of my precious time to write the good professor responsible for this outstanding exercise in Orwellian logic.
The following is the letter I sent him:
Dear Professor Amy,
I noticed you talk extensively about “rights” and the protection of rights on your website.
I think it would be great if you laid out a clear definition of just what a “right” entails.
Personally, I subscribe to the definition given by Jefferson, in which he states, “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.”
To me, that makes perfect sense.
Where “rights” are a sphere of influence and action boiled down to two things, my ability to do whatever I want to do as long as whatever it is I am doing isn’t harming anyone else, along with ownership of myself and my property.
Someone is “infringing” on my rights when they take an action that causes harm to my “person or property.”
Clearly you must disagree with this definition of where rights come from. By the definition I just proposed, rights derive from the world I live in and my ability to act freely within that world. I’m having a hard time understanding what you feel a right entails and where those rights ultimately are derived from.
I feel such a definition is fundamental before any argument over governments role in protecting our rights can take place.
My pants are off as I await his reply.
In the meantime, listen to a lecture by a real professor on where rights come from here:
In response to this lecture, Obama regulatory czar Cass Sunstein released this statement:
“My major aim in this book is to uncover an important but neglected part of America’s heritage: the idea of a second bill of rights. In brief, the second bill attempts to protect both opportunity and security, by creating rights to employment, adequate food and clothing, decent shelter, education, recreation, and medical care.”
Sunstein went on to argue that rights don’t actually arise from the natural world but from groups of people banding together in acts of looting. Sunstein claimed that only government can give us our rights; thus, without government no rights would exist; therefore, we must have unlimited government in order to give us unlimited rights.