After the rereading previous post (Clear Thinking) I realized that a good example of ‘non-clear’ thinking should have been included. Rather then changing the post, I decided to make it separate.
In my opinion, not only is this a perfect example of “Muddy Thinking” it also makes my point about being at opposite poles yet still loving this country.
The Second Bill of Rights:
Proposed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt January 11, 1944
Every American is Entitled To:
The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return that will give him and his family a decent living;
The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
The right of every family to a decent home;
The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
The right to a good education.
Taken from The Second Bill of Rights by Cass R. Sunstein
It is painfully clear from simply reading this list (if by no other means) that FDR cared deeply for the people of this country. And I feel that any reasonable person will look at these things and say, “I am in favor of these too.” As am I. This is a list of things we all want and hope and work for.
BUT, in no way, shape, or form, are they rights. They do not fall near the area of those “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Given by our Creator? Nope. So then they must be given by Government. Any ‘right’ given by the state can also be taken away by it. That can lead to the belief that the state can then abrogate any of the people’s rights – even those given by our Creator. Dangerous territory.
Ayn Rand once pointed out that a great way to distinguish whether a ‘right’ is in accordance with the Constitution is to simply ask the question: At whose expense? after the ‘right’ is proposed. For example, try asking that question after someone proposes a universal right to a college education. At whose expense?
The same thing applies to the ‘rights’ FDR proposed in his “Second Bill of Rights” such as the right to food, clothing, and recreation. At whose expense are those things provided?
Asking the same question about individual rights yields an entirely different answer. Your right to life and liberty does not come at the expense, financial or otherwise, of anyone else.
Many reply, without thinking it through, that the cost of these things will come from the government. But the state has no money. All that it has, it takes from the people. So providing these things comes at the expense of others – thereby taking away one of their rights, the right to own property. That is: what you have earned, since that is your property.
According to the 5th Amendment of the US Constitution: “nor shall any person…. be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
The framers felt strongly about property rights (as does anyone that owns anything or has had their property taken) as you can see:
The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it anarchy and tyranny commence. If “Thou shalt not covet,” and “Thou shalt not steal,” were not commandments of heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free. (John Adams)
Property is surely a right of mankind, as really as liberty. (John Adams)
Government is instituted to protect property of every sort; as well that which lies in the various rights of individuals, as that which the term particularly expresses. This being the end of government, that alone is a just government, which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own. (James Madison)
It is time to stand up for clear thinking. It is time to stop the takers, to abolish the ‘welfare mentality’ and remove from our society the communist/socialist idea of taking earnings or property and giving it to someone who has not earned it.