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|Subject: Re: Is health care a right?||Date: 10/12/2010 4:59 PM|
|Author: AOLFoolman100||Number: 533775 of 762004|
>> Somewhere it is written that we have he right to 'LIFE,LIBERTY and THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS"....Q: Can we have "life" and "happiness" without good health? <<
The right to pursue happiness is not the same as a government which guarantees it will be given to you.
And if you think about it, a system which would take resources from other people in order to make you happy kind of negates the "liberty" part, doesn't it?
It's amazing how such a simple concept of rights has to be repeated over and over again. Many people who lean towards gov't can't seem to get this simple premise into their heads. You know, it's always, "Well XX and XY and ZZ are "too important" not to be provided by gov't. And you can't have happiness or freedom unless one is guaranteed XX, YY and ZZ. And never do they realize how contradictory they are in asserting the need for gov't to intrude all the while asserting the right to happiness and freedom.
Ultimately, what one has the right to is freedom from coercion. You have the right to be left alone. And with this freedom, one can pursue happiness, material trade, friends, wealth, a filet mignon wrapped in bacon, and saying "Bush sucks" or "Obama blows" etc.
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