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Judge Andrew Napolitano: My opening monologue on the Beck show today [health care is not a right]
facebook ^ | 12/18/2009 | Judge Andrew Napolitano

Posted on 12/19/2009 5:27:06 PM PST by Jim Robinson

In the continually harsh public discourse over the President’s proposals for federally-managed healthcare, the Big Government progressives in both the Democratic and the Republican parties have been trying to trick us. These folks, who really want the government to care for us from cradle to grave, have been promoting the idea that health care is a right. In promoting that false premise, they have succeeded in moving the debate from WHETHER the feds should micro-manage health care to HOW the feds should micro-manage health care. This is a false premise, and we should reject it. Health care is not a right; it is a good, like food, like shelter, and like clothing.

What is a right? A right is a gift from God that extends from our humanity. Thinkers from St. Thomas Aquinas, to Thomas Jefferson, to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to Pope John Paul II have all argued that our rights are a natural part of our humanity. We own our bodies, thus we own the gifts that emanate from our bodies. So, our right to life, our right to develop our personalities, our right to think as we wish, to say what we think, to publish what we say, our right to worship or not worship, our right to travel, to defend ourselves, to use our own property as we see fit, our right to due process—fairness—from the government, and our right to be left alone, are all rights that stem from our humanity. These are natural rights that we are born with. The government doesn’t give them to us and the government doesn’t pay for them and the government can’t take them away, unless a jury finds that we have violated someone else’s rights.

What is a good? A good is something we want or need. In a sense, it is the opposite of a right. We have our rights from birth, but we need our parents when we are children and we need ourselves as adults to purchase the goods we require for existence. So, food is a good, shelter is a good, clothing is a good, education is a good, a car is a good, legal representation is a good, working out at a gym is a good, and access to health care is a good. Does the government give us goods? Well, sometimes it takes money from some of us and gives that money to others. You can call that taxation or you can call it theft; but you cannot call it a right.

A right stems from our humanity. A good is something you buy or someone else buys for you.

Now, when you look at health care for what it is, when you look at the US Constitution, when you look at the history of human freedom, when you accept the American value of the primacy of the individual over the fleeting wishes of the government, it becomes apparent that those who claim that healthcare is a right simply want to extend a form of government welfare.

When I make this argument to my Big Government friends, they come back at me with…well, if people don’t have health insurance, they will just go to hospitals and we will end up paying for them anyway. Why should that be? We don’t let people steal food from a supermarket or an apartment from a landlord or clothing from a local shop. Why do we let them take healthcare from a hospital without paying for itl? Well, my Big Government friends contend, that’s charity.

They are wrong again. It is impossible to be charitable with someone else’s money. Charity comes from your own heart, not from the government spending your money. When we pay our taxes to the government and it gives that money away, that’s not charity, that’s welfare. When the government takes more from us than it needs to secure our freedoms, so it can have money to give away, that’s not charity, that’s theft. And when the government forces hospitals to provide free health care to those who can’t or won’t care for themselves, that’s not charity, that’s slavery. That’s why we now have constitutional chaos, because the government steals and enslaves, and we outlawed that a long time ago.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: democrats; donttreadonme; fascism; healthcare; liberalfascism; liberalism; napoleonitano; napolitano; obama; obamacare; rights; socialism; tyranny
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To: Jim Robinson
Judge Napolitano frames the debate very well. Last guy to articulate the issues in simple English like this was Reagan.

* It is impossible to be charitable with someone else’s money.
* When we pay our taxes to the government and it gives that money away, that’s not charity, that’s welfare.
* When the government takes more from us than it needs to secure our freedoms, so it can have money to give away, that’s not charity, that’s theft.
* When the government forces hospitals to provide free health care to those who can’t or won’t care for themselves, that’s not charity, that’s slavery.

Why doesn’t Judge Napolitano run for president?

21 posted on 12/19/2009 5:54:35 PM PST by Jim 0216
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To: Jim Robinson

Great article. Wonder if he’s willing to take the reigns on ‘this truth’ and run with it?


22 posted on 12/19/2009 5:57:27 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Jim Robinson
Jeremy Holden of Media Matters' blogs:

"When is a good not a good? When it's a right?"

"Idiots, 6th Amendment, nuts and abortion, right to life"
are the tag words in response to the Judge's commentary.

23 posted on 12/19/2009 5:58:15 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: rodguy911
A right is something you can do without legitimate government interference.

An entitlement is where some other party is obligated to provide you with a good or service.

The big Leftist con is to confuse rights with entitlements.

24 posted on 12/19/2009 6:00:14 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
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To: PapaBear3625
Exactly the will do anything and everything to advance their cause. Ethical, unethical, legal or otherwise,they are driven on a deadly mission and the move to stop them begins here.
25 posted on 12/19/2009 6:02:35 PM PST by rodguy911 (HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE--GO SARAHCUDA !!)
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To: Jim Robinson

That all sounds great, but it doesn’t matter if the American people are so stupid as to 40-50% of them think that Healthcare is a right and don’t know it is redistribution of wealth. It also doesn’t matter if the 40 Republicans don’t do anything to stop it. Remember, the Fox News audience is already sold, and on the right side. The Left doesn’t even recognize the Constitution...they recognize European laws, “feel good”, reparations, and jury nullification-esque activities as their duties.

We don’t have enough time to wait until Monday to find out what Rush thinks, etc. I wish we had a pulse on the real activities on our side that have merit and possibility from here forward.


26 posted on 12/19/2009 6:05:07 PM PST by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: Jim Robinson

That all sounds great, but it doesn’t matter if the American people are so stupid as to 40-50% of them think that Healthcare is a right and don’t know it is redistribution of wealth. It also doesn’t matter if the 40 Republicans don’t do anything to stop it. Remember, the Fox News audience is already sold, and on the right side. The Left doesn’t even recognize the Constitution...they recognize European laws, “feel good”, reparations, and jury nullification-esque activities as their duties.

We don’t have enough time to wait until Monday to find out what Rush thinks, etc. I wish we had a pulse on the real activities on our side that have merit and possibility from here forward.


27 posted on 12/19/2009 6:05:18 PM PST by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: Jim Robinson

The Judge nailed it!


28 posted on 12/19/2009 6:05:36 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Jim Robinson

HOORAY Judge Andrew Napolitano! (this has got to be your best work ever...so... WHERE THE HECK HAVE YOU BEEN ON OTHER ISSUES?)


29 posted on 12/19/2009 6:12:17 PM PST by PGalt
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To: Jim Robinson
What is a right? A right is a gift from God that extends from our humanity. Thinkers from St. Thomas Aquinas, to Thomas Jefferson, to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to Pope John Paul II have all argued that our rights are a natural part of our humanity. We own our bodies, thus we own the gifts that emanate from our bodies. So, our right to life, our right to develop our personalities, our right to think as we wish, to say what we think, to publish what we say, our right to worship or not worship, our right to travel, to defend ourselves, to use our own property as we see fit, our right to due process—fairness—from the government, and our right to be left alone, are all rights that stem from our humanity. These are natural rights that we are born with. The government doesn’t give them to us and the government doesn’t pay for them and the government can’t take them away, unless a jury finds that we have violated someone else’s rights.

Spectacular!

Thanks for posting this Jim.

30 posted on 12/19/2009 6:15:42 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Jim Robinson

This guy sounds like one of those crazy Ron Paul types. Off with his head! < / sarc >


31 posted on 12/19/2009 6:20:20 PM PST by ChrisInAR ("You gotta let it out, Captain!")
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To: Jim Robinson
Thanks for posting. I emailed Judge to tell him it was a great monologue. I'm surprised you're a Napolitano fan, though. Not only does Judge Andrew Napolitano agree with Ron Paul on undeclared wars, but he opposes military tribunal for Kalid Sheik Mohummed.
32 posted on 12/19/2009 7:05:35 PM PST by Nephi (freerepublic didn't even embed a campaign against the Huckster, but he's gone anyway)
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To: Jim Robinson

This gives me hope that this law can be thrown out. I just hope that conservatives jump on this, because I expect liberals to also challenge this law in court with the intent on losing and creating bad precedence.


33 posted on 12/19/2009 7:06:14 PM PST by Sarah-bot (All the intellectuals died of syphilis)
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To: Jim Robinson

bump


34 posted on 12/19/2009 7:34:44 PM PST by lowbridge ("We may be wrong, but the point is, we believe in what we're doing." - Joe Biden)
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To: Jim Robinson

His defense of Christianity at the end was the best I ever heard on TV! 3 cheers for the Judge!


35 posted on 12/19/2009 7:51:13 PM PST by grumpa (VP)
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To: Jim Robinson

His defense of Christianity at the end was the best I ever heard on TV! 3 cheers for the Judge!


36 posted on 12/19/2009 7:53:01 PM PST by grumpa (VP)
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To: Jim Robinson

Napolitano’s close is also excellent (2 minute video):

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=d46_1261204766


37 posted on 12/20/2009 2:12:31 AM PST by iowamark
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To: stephenjohnbanker; Travis McGee; AuntB; rabscuttle385; mkjessup; Landru; NormsRevenge; ...
JUDGE NAPOLITANO: "It is impossible to be charitable with someone else’s money. Charity comes from your own heart, not from the government spending your money. When we pay our taxes to the government and it gives that money away, that’s not charity, that’s welfare. When the government takes more from us than it needs to secure our freedoms, so it can have money to give away, that’s not charity, that’s theft. And when the government forces hospitals to provide free health care to those who can’t or won’t care for themselves, that’s not charity, that’s slavery. That’s why we now have constitutional chaos, because the government steals and enslaves, and we outlawed that a long time ago."

Amen.

38 posted on 12/20/2009 5:56:31 AM PST by Liz
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To: Liz

BUMP!


39 posted on 12/20/2009 5:59:27 AM PST by maggief
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To: Jim Robinson

Thanks for posting this Jim. The judge nails it as he often does.

Does anyone but the choir listen?


40 posted on 12/20/2009 5:59:31 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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