Skip to comments.Definition of Right
Posted on 04/09/2009 9:36:35 AM PDT by ideablitz
Koh recently said "modern right-protecting democracy"
according to answers.com. "Right" can be defined as -In accordance with fact, reason, or truth. -Fitting, proper, or appropriate. -Most favorable, desirable, or convenient.
With this definition, it seems that the right can be anything as long as it is most favorable, desirable, or convenient.
Maybe, this isn't what the founding father meant. I think the explicit definition is required.. almost bordering the legalism.
can someone define what the "right" is and de-construct the "modern right-protecting democracy"?
Ultimately in a democracy, the voter decides the definition of ‘right’.
“in a democracy, the voter decides the definition of right”
Best definition of rights: Google “Bye-Bye Sweet Liberty,”
click ‘Book’ and open Chapter13, Doing good. Here is a sample of what you will find:
“What is a right?
A right is a freedom to act, without restraint. Such as I have a right to breathe.
In general, actions are unrestricted as long as we dont cause harm to others. (As stated by B. Juarez.) I have a right to walk on the sidewalk, but I dont have the right to enter my neighbors house without his permission.
Rights can be voluntarily surrendered, such as taking a job and agreeing to be on the job from 9 to 5.
Rights can be restricted by means of law, such as there are many places where I cannot drive my automobile at a speed exceeding 35 mph. Laws always restrict rights. All too frequently, doing good results in the passage of laws that have no effect other than to reduce our rights. The founding fathers knew this and made it plain in their writings that they favored a society with few laws. The government that governs best, governs least, encapsulates their thinking fairly well.
The Bill of Rights does not grant rights, it merely clarifies that some rights are particularly mentioned as a foil to demagoguery and obfuscation. The Founders knew that demagogues and liars would do everything possible to limit rights by saying such rights never existed. Some of the Founders knew there was a risk of adding the Bill of Rights to the Constitution, as it might be argued that rights of citizens were limited to the listed ones. For that reason, Amendments 9 and 10 were included.”
You will also find much much more, including some distorted, misguided “rights” defined by the United Nations.