First of all, there are three natural rights: Life, Liberty, and Property. That's it. All the rights listed in the Bill of Rights are derived from these three.
The two relevant definitions (of 62) of a right (from Dictionary.com):
18. a just claim or title, whether legal, prescriptive, or moral: You have a right to say what you please.Now rights are not absolute, as they extend as far as infringing on another's rights. And they can be taken away through due process for breaking laws (laws being codified protection of individual rights, and prescribed penalties for infractions). Most importantly, a right does not require taking from another person for someone to claim it.
19. Sometimes, rights. that which is due to anyone by just claim, legal guarantees, moral principles, etc.: women's rights; Freedom of speech is a right of all Americans.
Side by side with rights are privileges. Privileges are permissions granted by the government for certain things. Some may be based on a right, but controlled based on laws, regulations, or the ability to pay.
To apply this to health care, we have the right to seek health care, doctors have the right to make a living from providing it, but have a privilege to practice medicine (as they must seek degrees and licenses (which they have the right to pursue)). However, getting specific care from specific doctors would be a privilege, because you must have the doctor agree to treat you and you must agree to pay the fee.
For health care to become a "right," you would be able to get it at any time of your choosing, from wherever you chose, for no direct cost out of pocket (you don't pay to exercise a right). However, this would mean that doctors would have to be compelled to provide service for everyone equally, with the government controlling the payment to the doctors.
So while I'm willing to have a discussion of whether or not the United States should provide health care (or any other service) is a discussion we should have, confusing that which is a privilege with what is a right is an exercise in political dishonesty (a little redundant, I know), and serves only to confuse the dumb masses (which explains why the majority of election results in my lifetime).
And on that note of confusion, let's rip the dum (intentional misspelling). And I'll start with the words of Rahm Emmanuel, who said something along the lines of: Never let a good crisis go to waste. If he holds true to that, then he's included in this week's award:
(This, by the way, is inspired by the aftermath of the murders of George Tiller, and the attacks on the recruiting center and Holocaust Museum.)
When tragedies occur, there is often a discussion as to why it happened and what could be done to prevent it. That's fair, as we have to learn from our mistakes. However, too many advocacy groups use the tragedy to push their own agendas.
For example, the Tiller murder brought out pro-choice groups who tried to paint this as the norm rather than an aberration (and the antithesis of pro-life), as well as liberal bloggers who started hammering those that flipped out over . With the attack on the recruiting office, I'm sure some group is blaming the Obama administration (and another's blaming Bush). And I've even heard left wing groups are blaming Rush Limbaugh for the Holocaust museum attack because they're both racist white supremest or something (even though the guy's an anti-Semitic, anti-government, anti-Christianity semi-Marxist (none of which describes Rush)).
Stupidest of all, though is PETA (nod to PCC for this). These fucktards are using the discussion sparked by the Tiller murder to promote their anti-meat eating agenda.
And the worst example of this? The sad bastard Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Inbreds, who use fallen heroes to promote their hateful vomit.
And it's the same old, same old. We heard calls for gun control in the wake of Columbine (when there were lots of laws broken for them to pull it off in the first place). We hear calls for police investigations and firings whenever they crack down on a riot (or conversely don't because they got chewed the last time). And whenever someone black gets the shaft from someone white, the race whores are out in full indignation, even if the scumbag who got the shaft (who coincidentally happens to be black) deserved it.
Now of course I don't advocate banning anyone from speaking their mind, or reacting with honest and justifiable outrage when necessary. But when there are bodies on the deck, can we at least show some decency and respect for the dead before we open our pieholes and start venting the bile? And can we use some common sense when people are emotionally charged?
If you find yourself unable to do so, just imagine you had a daughter that was married and lost her husband. Then imagine some sleazy guy comes in in her emotional state, fucks her, drains her bank account and gives her AIDS. That's the level the Pheps pukes operate at. Would you even want to be the equivalent of the one that uses the hurt of the funeral to bone her?
Keep that image in your head and see if it makes you all full of empathy. It'll be good for you.