"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both." ~ Benjamin Franklin

So, What Are Your Rights?

>> Monday, February 18, 2008

I gotta tell you, I'm beginning to think there is something I'm missing. Somehow our "rights" have become skewed.

You do not have the "right" to drive. It is a privilege.
You do not have the “right” to own a home. It is a privilege.
You do not have the “right” to vote if you are an illegal alien or a convicted felon. This, too, is a privilege.

Ugh! All these made up rights! There is a billboard outside of Des Moines for the statewide smoking ban… It has a pretty little waitress and it says, “I have the right to breathe clean air” or some such thing. Sorry, honey, you really don’t. You may prefer it, but it’s not a right. You knew there was smoking in that restaurant when you took the job. You made the decision to work there. Your “right” is to quit and work somewhere else. Your choice was to work in a smoky environment.

Now, I’m not a smoker and I gotta tell you that eating in a restaurant where there is no smoking- at all- is a dream come true. But do I have the “right” to it? No. I have the “right” to refuse to eat someplace where smoking is allowed. And business owners should have the choice of catering to smokers or non-smokers.

Let’s take a look at our rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Nope, I don’t see “working in a smoke-free environment” listed there. And, let me point out, you are guaranteed the pursuit of happiness.

Now is it only me or does anyone else find it ironic that the right to life has been taken away by the government (legal abortion) and the right to liberty is being squashed (bans forced on independent businesses).

And while I’m on that thought… Isn’t it ironic that if you murder a pregnant woman you are charged with two counts of murder… Following that logic shouldn’t doctors who provide abortions be charged with murder, and the mothers accomplices?

And, following that thought, here’s another reason Barack Obama scares the living crap out of me:

He is so pro-abortion he refused as an Illinois state senator to support
legislation to protect babies who survived late-term abortions because he did
not want to concede -- as he explained in a cold-blooded speech on the Illinois
Senate floor -- that these babies, fully outside their mothers' wombs, with
their hearts beating and lungs heaving, were in fact "persons." … On the
Illinois Senate floor, Obama was the only senator to speak against the
baby-protecting bills. He voted "present" on each, effectively the same as a
"no."


Wow, I bet you didn't see where this was going when you started reading, did you? Me either...

3 comments:

Fantastagirl 4:02 PM  

I wish more people understood the difference between a right and a privilege.

So many people are idiots... That waitress does have rights, she can quit.

Sally 6:40 PM  

Wow! Like I needed another reason to fear Obama...but there's a big one for ya. Thanks for sharing!

WILLIAM 7:10 AM  

I agree with your assesment of "rights".

I am reading a book called 100 people that are messing up America and it discusses on some level why people (usually Oprah type victims who cannot take on individual responsibility) use the word "right".

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