Government Exists to Defend our Rights, NOT to “Give Us” Rights

Remember back in high school when the election for student body president was going on and the joke was that all you had to do to get elected was promise free ice cream for everyone? Even idiot teenagers understood this to be shallow and nonsensical, and yet here we are in the 2016 presidential election cycle with Hillary Clinton – the ‘most qualified person ever to run for public office’ – promising free health care, free college tuition, free wifi, paid sick leave, paid maternity leave, and (my personal favorite) a fairness tax. It won’t be long at all before they just start promising free prescription drugs and pot brownies to please the masses. Although after nationalizing healthcare, they’re well on their way to accomplishing that. It’s only a matter of time. I continue to be rendered speechless at the thought of half the country buying into the idea that these are all decent and honest proposals, let alone the idea that government will actually deliver on them. Right now in Colorado a state rep is quickly adding ‘free pot brownies’ to his platform wishing he’d thought of it first. You’re welcome.

First of all, my Democrat voting friends, the government doesn’t exist to provide you with any of these things. There is a stark difference between wanting something and having a right to it. If you’d ever read the Declaration of Independence you’d know our rights are unalienable, meaning they cannot be taken away. You have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have a right to free speech. You have a right to protect yourself as you see fit. There are many others and, not to editorialize our founding fathers who were all much smarter than me, all of these ought to have been finished with “… without government interference.” Because that is who your rights are protected against most. The government.  You have a right to free speech from government interference.

In America, our government exists for the explicit purpose protecting your rights. Well it’s supposed to anyways. What it’s become is the largest debtor, creditor, redistributor of wealth, police agency, censor, trust fund, land holder, and tax collector ever created in the history of mankind, but the original idea was pretty damn good. Your rights don’t come from government, they come from God. If you’re not into that, no worries, it just means you’re born with them. Surely no one would disagree that when a baby is born they carry with them a right to live. It’s self-evident and undeniable by anyone who believes in liberty. It isn’t granted to them by our dear overlords in Washington DC or anywhere else, it just is. It’s beautiful, really.

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If rights are self-evident and unalienable, surely they exist without government, yes? If there was no government to protect your right to free speech, would you still have a right to free speech? The obvious answer is of course yes, you would. How about if there was no government to protect your right to free wifi? Does it cease to be a right? The correct answer is that it never was a right and it never will be. It’s an entitlement, and those are the greatest tools of government to enslave entire civilizations into dependency and degeneracy. If you want to live in a magical land where a big, centralized government provides you with all of your necessities and security in exchange for your money, the products of your labor, your physical property, your mental property, and the rest of your liberty, then kindly just go to prison, where they do just that, and leave my life the hell alone.

So please, I’m begging you, read the Declaration of Independence. Read the Constitution. You know how people who ask for a couple bucks for a donation say it’s just sacrificing a cup of coffee? I’m just asking you to forgo one or two sessions of cat videos on YouTube to google the founding documents and read them for a few minutes. Learn about your rights because they are your rights and they belong to you. There are an endless number of sick, twisted tyrants in the world who would happily let you sell your soul to them in exchange for power and money, and if you don’t arm yourself with the truth, you’ll lose everything.

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