Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Obama-care, birth-control, and oral sex by Mike Shaner

Some folks say healthcare is a “right.” Others say free birth control is a right. Neither of these things can be true because rights are natural to us. If no one wanted to be a health-care provider anymore, would we be allowed to enslave people and force them to become doctors? How then can it be a right? We have no right to another individual’s labor. It is absurd and without proper thought to argue otherwise. 

The idea of what constitutes a right requires examination. Just because something may be better for society (not that government mandated healthcare would) doesn’t mean we have a right to it. I can say with a degree of certainty that a full sex life would make me a healthier happier person, but we can’t go around mandating free blow-jobs…can we?

Today the Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the constitutionality of Obama-care, specifically the individual mandate that requires all persons, as a result of living, to buy health insurance. So, those who argue that health-care is a right believe that right must be forced upon people? In what world would that line of thought indicate any degree of logic?

I suspect the Supreme court will uphold the constitutionality of the law—simply because the Supreme court is an agent of the Federal Government and they rarely rule against themselves, but 9 unelected black-robes saying something is so, doesn’t make it so. Unfortunately too many people believe their rights are granted by some law or piece of paper—nothing could be further from the truth.

The Constitution doesn’t grant rights. No law can be passed giving you the right to do something. A right is something you are born with—it is natural. You have the right to pursue happiness, not because some document says so, but because you were born with that ability. Conversely, if a law were passed making it illegal to smile, your right to smile would not be taken away—only the governments protection of that right.

This may seem trivial, some of you are probably saying “I know what a right is,” but far too many do not, and that is why the government is arguing that citizens have the right to be forced to purchase a service.
Prostitution is illegal in most of the United States, but I still have the right to pay a willing adult to perform sexual acts on me, no law can change that—but just like healthcare, I do not have a right to a good blow job—yet…

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