People complain about their rights but nobody has ever listed the rights. Some believe we have no rights. I am not one of them.
Caveat: This is an on-going exploration. Not sure if I should post but I will. I am looking to create a list of rights.
Since I believe in defining something before solving a problem.
Since the dictionary is supposed to contain the definitions of the words we all use then:
A right is a guarantee, according to my dictionary. Since it does not say a ‘conditional’ guarantee then it must be absolute.
An example: Say I said to you, “I guarantee you $100 tomorrow”, then tomorrow you’d be wanting your $100. It is implied absolute without me having to say it is. I did not say, “I guarantee you $100 tomorrow if I have it”, or “. . . if I get $200 from someone else.”
So, a right is an absolute guarantee.
Also, we have no right to give up our rights. It is an obligation. We most definitely do not have the right to give up others’ rights. Such as, right to privacy even in public, that is, we have a right not to be under surveillance at any time.
We have a right to be presumed innocent. Any surveillance presupposes guilt. If innocence was presumed then surveillance cameras would not abe necessary.
The questions are which rights do we have?
The Declaration of Independence says we have the right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. (In my opinion rights only apply to born beings, not fetuses or otherwise the unborn.) It also implies that we have more by saying just prior to this “among these are”. The pursuit of Happiness is taken from pursuit of wealth, or in today’s terms, pursuit of a job. So, we all have a right to a job. More on jobs later.
When politicians mention civil liberties, they are mistaken. They mean liberty, which is a right. A liberty is something the government (or some other entity) gives you and can modify it at any time. Liberty is what the Navy and Coast Guard calls time off (not vacation- which is called leave). But true liberty is an absolute right.
The US Constitution says we have 10 rights. But these are to protect us from the government. Since the rights we do have are NOT given to us by man, man cannot take or abridge them. So the government does not have a right to stop us owning weapons, for example. In fact the government has no rights. It has no right to perpetuate itself. It has no right to protect itself from us, the bosses.
What the government does is modify rights, which they should not, since they did not give us these rights.
No group has rights while individuals do. Most, if not all, group rights are at the expense of some other group. It is just a way to divide us. If every individual has rights then every group will be taken care of.
Animals have no rights. That does not mean that we should torture them but cruelty to an animal should not be an offense.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, set forth by the United Nations in 1948.
This was agreed to by the US and yet is not enforced.
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
According to (1) right to work and protection against unemployment. There are people who have been unemployed for years without having any income from Uncle Sam, or without Uncle Sam providing the environment possible for the jobs. So, in at least two ways the US has not lived up to Article 23.
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
This would suggest that temp agencies should not be allowed to exist because they do not pay holidays, or time off. This also creates an underclass of citizens. Again, the US does not live up to this Article.
Do we have the right to deviant behavior? Do we have the right to murder? No. Do we have the right to steal? No. Do we have the right to marry within our own sex? Not according to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Marriage is to start a family.
(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
You cannot possibly to intend to start a family if you are of the same sex. “Intention” here is key. The family is the natural . . .. You cannot even think about starting a family if you are of the same sex. Adoption should not be allowed for LGBTs.
Again, according to my dictionary, family: parents and their children considered as a group. LGBT cannot have children, therefore cannot be consider parents.