Sen. Rand Paul knocks one out of the park in 1:21, on the HellCare issue. Ya’ know, the more I see of this guy, the more I like him. As we’ve said here before, conservatives can do business with little ‘L’ libertarians. This is really worth a watch, the man condenses a lot of words into a short, precise and spot-on assessment of not only the phony ‘right’ to health care, but all of our new cultural fad of creating ‘rights’.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Those are the only G-d given rights we have. The rest are only government or societal constructs and have no more weight or importance than a 3-year old’s banging their sippy cups for more cake. The flaw with our constructed rights is that someone else loses their rights granting yours. The Emperor’s fine post below on Nazi Germany is a great example. The unions blather on about ‘Worker’s Rights’ as if there is a fundamental rule that all workers should be organized and that only then they would achieve some ephemeral fairness in employment.

Health Care- Another constructed ‘right’, so much in fact, that the average person might think it’s in the Constitution as well. Americans regardless of income have always managed to get medical care when it’s needed. The left demagogues about hospitals refusing to treat emergency patients is nonsense. The professionals running those ERs would never refuse to treat an emergent condition. They might be required to transfer the patient after they’re medically stable, to another facility, but again that’s not a refusal to treat anyone. In the past, patients and doctors have worked things out to pay for services rendered, many stories from history tell of country docs being paid in eggs or other farm products, but everyone got what they needed in the system. Today, one sees numerous advertising for prescription drugs where the makers offer to help those that can’t afford the drug. As an anecdote, many folks have set up a successful barter system around professional services, i.e. “I’ll tuneup your car in exchange for treating my daughter’s abscessed tooth.” There can be any number of ways that Americans could obtain medical treatment without government interference providing ‘rights’ that don’t exist.

Americans are the most generous people on earth, demonstrably so, and we care about our neighbors true to Judeo-Christian values, regardless of any particular faith we hold as individuals. As a country we’ve worked hard to correct injustices in the past such as bigotry, and the mistreatment of workers by their employers, but that doesn’t necessarily establish the corrected condition as a ‘right’. That we allowed unions to represent workers for the purposes of fairness in employment doesn’t establish the union as a ‘right’ inasmuch that workers should be required to join. I would point out that the current viewpoint of the unions, that all workers should be represented by them, creates a condition that in some ways is analogous to what the unions purported to correct. I don’t claim that unions should be abolished, but I do believe no one should be required to join as a condition of employment and that should workers voluntarily join a union, they should be permitted to withhold any portion of their dues that are being used for activities they individually don’t support.

Our obsession with new found ‘rights’ invariably leads us into slavery, forcing individuals into supporting others’ artificial rights. True rights are those freely given by definition, and they are neither compelled nor require someone else to surrender theirs.

We really need to re-examine this obsession, it can only end badly for us.

-Carry On

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LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator
May 15, 2011 14:52

I like Rand Paul, but his dad Ron is a certifiable LOON.

oh yeah, Foist !!

Library Czar
Library Czar
May 15, 2011 15:32

I went to see a patient on Friday. He was a gangbanger asshole. I Talked with him for a couple minutes and just walked out of the room refusing to treat him. If you have a right to be an asshole I have a right to not treat you.

May 15, 2011 15:52

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Those are the only G-d given rights we have. I’d add just the one thing: Property. If you don’t own the sweat of your own brow, you’re a slave. Granted, this means any form of taxation is a form of slavery, but that’s the whole point of minimalist government being the best government… Read more »

May 15, 2011 16:18

I went to Wow. It’s hard to imagine the idiocy that goes on there.

From one comment:

These fools wouldn’t last a day if their vision were implemented.

Referring to people like me who want to be free. Nope, I couldn’t last a day without the baristas and Sierra Club phone bank volunteers over at thinkprogress. Sheesh.

LC Xystus
May 15, 2011 17:14

Ranting about the need to establish these newly-proclaimed alleged “rights” brings this response to mind: You have the right to remain silent.

LC Roguetek
LC Roguetek
May 15, 2011 17:27

I have 2 rules that matter to me.

1. All sapient beings have the right to self defence.

2. No sapient being has the right to initiate force against another sapient being, directly, or indirectly.

Cannon Fodder
Cannon Fodder
May 15, 2011 21:37

I feel like unions should be outlawed. They bully people in ridiculous circumstances. I heard there is a guy, in Florida i think, that had a union bully him into posting their propaganda and allow a vote by his employees. These people had good salaries and benefits for years. It was said that he called them all together and told… Read more »

Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery

Cannon Fodder says: I feel like unions should be outlawed. They bully people in ridiculous circumstances. Have seen that firsthand. I teach in the public education system and have refused to join the union. When I first started, I was required to attend union indoctrination meetings, and when I asked what the benefits were in joining the union I was… Read more »

May 16, 2011 16:52

“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” and of these, the greatest is LIBERTY, for without it, the others become impossible. Liberty entails freedom of thought, freedom of expression, freedom of association, freedom of movement, freedom to hold what you earn and do with it what you will and freedom to defend one’s liberty to the death, if necessary, against… Read more »

LC Xealot
May 16, 2011 17:04

I consider myself a “Republitarian” in that my views are somewhere in between Conservatism and Libertarianism. And, this video is spot-on. Though, as others have said, this guy’s father is a nutjob. We don’t have “positive” rights, as in a right to this item, or a right to that service. We have “negative” rights, the right to NOT be murdered,… Read more »