How to tell if something is really a right.....

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    “In a nutshell, the Bill of Rights guarantees Americans the Rights of free speech, free (peaceable) assembly, freedom of religion, freedom of press, freedom to bear arms, freedom against unreasonable searches and seizures, freedom from being deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, a right to trial, freedom from cruel or unusual punishment and many other such critical items.

    But you'll notice one common theme among every Right listed in the Bill of Rights: They don't cost anything. This is the litmus test whenever anyone claims they have a new and creative "right." If it costs someone something such as time, money or labor, it's not a Right.”

    Just what is a 'Right,' anyway? Here's the 5-word test - WND
     
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    Very nice! So, what ---- people don't have a right to other people paying for their food, house, doctor visits, clothing, cell phones, and so on?

    I never thought they did.
     
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    The right to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed...

    It costs money to protect your God given rights...
     
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    The Bill of Rights does not offer freedom.
    Unalienable Rights are inherent. They can't be bought, sold, given or taken, or earned. They can only be restricted. Inalienable rights are privileges granted by another- see the 14th amendment.
    Something earned is an entitlement. One has the right to an opinion but they aren't entitled to it. Including alleged journalist who write articles that are inherently inaccurate, hoping to gain clicks onto a website for revenue.
    The Bill of Rights explicitly states the ones that are paramount to freedom and removes any doubt, theoretically, that the fed gov't is not granted the authority to impose or over reach its authority granted to those specifically. However, the 14th amendment changes the definition of rights by changing from unalienable to inalienable. It's also argued the 14th amendment was illegally ratified.
    It's a simple concept that anyone (all men) who is born (are created equal) have certain unalienable rights endowed (inherent).
    Among these are the right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness- among these is key- whatever the Individual chooses to do is his right. Chooses is the key. That cannot be taken, bought, sold, given or granted or earned. Choices can be restricted and actions of choices made illegal, but, it doesn't change the facts presented.
    The author of the article is wrong. Period.
     
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    But you'll notice one common theme among every Right listed in the Bill of Rights: They don't cost anything. This is the litmus test whenever anyone claims they have a new and creative "right." If it costs someone something such as time, money or labor, it's not a Right.”

    It's a privilege!
     
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    Here is what ‘rights’ are.
    A right is something an individual has by virtue of being human.

    1. Human beings are the only entities that have rights.

    2. Rights belong to each human individually.

    3. Rights are exercised by individuals, and are not given nor ascribed by any person of group, especially governments.

    4. Rights are voluntary, in that individuals may choose whether to either exercise them or to ignore them.

    5. Individual cannot have a right that infringes upon or diminishes the rights of others.

    6. To be clear, ‘benefits’ such as education, shelter, or a job require resources from somewhere else, and therefore, cannot be given or protected without restricting another’s right to the property of his hands or mind.
     
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    ^^

    I have to admit, #3 above has been a pet peeve of mine for some time. Right from the get go we, as citizens of the U.S., have been told our rights as INDIVIDUALS are protected. All these laws being passed lately to protect groups are simply redundant and posturing, IMO. The members of a group do not have any more rights than the individual members comprising it.
     

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