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 processfairnessfrom 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 doesnt give them to us and the government doesnt pay for them and the government cant take them away, unless a jury finds that we have violated someone elses rights.
Thanks for posting this Jim.
posted on 12/19/2009 6:15:42 PM PST
("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
That is by far the best description of a right that I have ever read or heard.
posted on 12/20/2009 8:30:08 AM PST
( "The Bible is the rock on which our republic rests." -Andrew Jackson)
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