Billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban doesn’t seem to understand what a “right” is.
“Rights” cannot be “given” by an act of government, even if the government were to change the Constitution – the Constitution DOES NOT “GIVE” us rights.
Thomas Jefferson wrote, in the Preamble to the Constitution about these rights:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Our rights preexist the government and they supersede the laws of men. You cannot legislate a “right” away, and you cannot legislate a “right” into existence. If the government were to abolish Free Speech tomorrow, the right would not disappear, it would only be hampered by our oppressive state, and as Jefferson wrote the decision to hinder our right would give us cause to abolish the government itself.
You see, our “RIGHTS” are greater than any government that we could create to defend them. Once the government fails to defend those rights it becomes a useless tool to be discarded and our job of forming a new government must begin.
Mark Cuban understands business but he doesn’t seem to understand “rights.” Cuban recently told PJ Media that he believes the Constitution should be changed to make healthcare “a right.”
“I think health care should be a right. If there’s a legitimate way to modify the Constitution, I literally think there should be an amendment to the Constitution for healthcare for chronic illnesses and serious injury. We all play the genetic lottery. I think all of the talk about Trumpcare vs. Obamacare really just avoids the ultimate question, which is, is health care a right or not? But I’ve had friends who have had cancer, we’ve all had people who have had severe illnesses and if they didn’t have insurance. In a couple cases, I’ve since paid for them because they didn’t have insurance or enough insurance. I think that’s wrong — that’s a cost we all should share.”
Herein lies another problem with Cuban’s call for a “right” to healthcare. Rights do not naturally infringe on the rights of others. Your right to free speech or religion, does not step on the right of your neighbors to practice the same. However, a “right” to healthcare would mean that those seeking healthcare would have the “right” to force healthcare providers into slavery. The supposed “right” to healthcare would mean that doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals would have no choice but to serve – because how can you “refuse” anyone their “rights”? Cuban’s plan would force every healthcare professional into a form of bonded work where they were no longer free to exercise their own rights as a free people, now they would be enslaved to the “rights” of those seeking healthcare.
As our friend and colleague Warner Todd Huston says at Breitbart:
If health care became a right, it would require the labor of doctors, nurses, and other care providers. Therefore, we would essentially turn healthcare providers into slaves of the state, forcing them to care for people despite their personal desires and feelings on the matter. After all, if it is our right to get health care, how can any doctor refuse us?
Therefore, health care simply cannot be a right. Your right of free speech does require me to do anything for you to exercise it. Your right to life only requires that others don’t try and kill you. Your freedom of religion only demands that everyone else just leave you alone. But, if healthcare became a right, your “right” would force others to make sure you stay healthy. Compelling others to do something violates the very idea of a right.
Cuban should do us all a favor, forget politics and policy and stick to business and the NBA.