Health care reform was sold with the argument that all Americans had the right to health care. How can something you are forced to do be considered a right? Call me mad, call me crazy, but I thought a right was something you could choose to do, or not do.
You were required to speak out.
You were forced to prove you are a member of a religious organization.
You were mandated to publish something.
You must own a weapon to defend yourself.
You had to peaceably assemble a certain amount of times each year.
Imagine if you didn’t do any of the above, you had to pay a 750 dollar fine for not exercising each of these rights.
This is the logic behind the health care reform bill: you have the right to health care insurance, and if you choose not to exercise this new right, you’ll pay a heavy penalty.
To sum it up, we are are being sold a lie that individual rights are an old-fashioned notion. A negative campaign is being waged that says America needs to change and be more like modern advanced countries that believe society as a whole has rights that supersede individual rights. Putting individual liberties first is only old-fashioned to Americans, because the rest of the world is still catching up with the concept. Ignoring individual rights is an age-old concept and that can hardly be described as modern or advanced.
Let me point out some less advertised features of these advanced countries American has been compared to. These are examples of what happens in countries where individual rights are placed behind society rights:
Canada – The Customs and Revenue Agency is responsible for determining which books, videos, comics, and other material should be allowed into the country.
Germany – Declared the Church of Scientology unconstitutional.
France – Wants fines for wearing burqas in public.
United Kingdom – Censors political speech and attitudes.
These countries should be examples of what not to do; they are example of the dangers of putting individual rights at the back of bus. Don’t look to them for examples on how to run America, because changing the definition of rights is not progress, it’s not advanced, and it is not a bright future.