a reply to: ketsuko
The right to earn enough to provide adequate food, clothing and recreation.
Adequate – 1. able to satisfy a requirement, suitable 2. barely satisfactory or sufficient
Wow! I'm being guaranteed the right to earn enough to have all the food, clothing and recreation I want. I can go take big vacations in Hawaii, eat
lobster like Michelle Obama, wear those designer clothes … It's my right!
NOT SO FAST!! Take a closer look. The word that really sinks all your hopes and dreams here is the word “adequate.” Adequate is the key to this
one and sets up “remunerative” from the previous so-called right to really be a lot less impressive. Yes, having adequate means that your
requirement is satisfied, but if you look at the second definition, it can also mean that your requirement is satisfied minimally. And, if you want a
hint at how our new overlords mean to govern us, look at Michelle Obama's school lunch regime. Your children are already being accustomed to the
barely adequate in their daily school lunch needs. Yes, the school lunch caloric intake is adequate, just.
So, if that's an idea of the adequate food you will have a right to, then just imagine what your similar adequate clothing and recreation will
The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living.
Return – A profit or yield as from labor or investments
Decent – 1. characterized by conformity to recognized standards of propriety and morality 2. free from indelicacy, or modest 3. meeting accepted
This is where things start to get a little more scary. Most people know farmers of differing sizes from small family farmers who mainly farm as a
hobby in addition to other sources of income to large family farms and ranches that are pretty big businesses. Look at the definition of “return.”
notice we can't refer to the results of the farmer's produce as a “profit;” instead, it must be termed a “return” as though the farmer does
not set the price for his goods himself or as though the market he will operate in will be strictly controlled, even moreso than today.
Now, aslo notice that the famer's rate of return is one that will allow him and his family to live “decently.” In other words, they will live
adequately or modestly as you look at the definitions for decent. It wouldn't do to have anyone getting wealthy because they are working hard to
produce a lot of goods that other people need. That would simply be “indecent.” Therefore, farmers will only be allowed to realize a rate of
“return” that lets them live modestly so that they can't rub it in to anyone else I guess. But thank goodness they have a right to that! And this
further raises the question – would they even be allowed to own the land they farm anymore?
The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or
Trade – the business of buying and selling commodities; commerce
Atmosphere – environment or surroundings regarded as having a psychological, physical or other influence
Freedom – the condition of being free of restraints
Unfair – not just or evenhanded; biased
This is another fun one. As a businessman, you have the right to trade in an “atmosphere,” which is simply an environment of psychological
influence, of freedom from unfair competition. You don't actually have the right to trade free of unfair competition. You just have the right to an
atmosphere that makes you believe that you are trading freely and fairly. When you read these things, words and their definitions are EVERYTHING!
The right of every family to a decent home.
Home – 1. a place where one lives, residence 2. the physical structures within which one lives, as a house or apartment 3. a dwelling place
together with the family or social unit that occupies it; household
We covered the definition of “decent” when talked about the farmers up above. A lot of people will read this an start picturing the classic
American dream of a house with a white, picket fence. Notice that I listed the first three definitions of “home” to drive home point here.
“House” and “home” are at no point synonymous. A “house” is a structure where the “home” is the place the family makes their permanent
Since it is far more likely that we are looking at a government interested in only providing the “adequate” portion of “decent,” then you are
far more likely to be looking at lots of Soviet-style housing blocks or, if you prefer, lots of inner-city style housing projects which jam families
into tiny apartment units. Those would fit the definite of “adequate,” modest and “decent.”
The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.
Medical – 1. of or pertaining to the practice of medicine 2. requiring medical as distinct from surgical treatment
Opportunity – 1. a favorable or advantageous combination of circumstances; suitable occasion or time 2. A chance for progress or advancement
Achieve – 1. to do or finish with success 2. to attain or get with effort
Enjoy – 1. To receive pleasure from; relish 2. to have the use or benefit of
The ugly word “adequate” rears its ugly head here again. You only have the right to the bare minimum of health care needed. Oh, my bad, let me
re-phrase that. It's not “health” care. That's “medical” care, and there is an important distinction according to my dictionary.
“Medical” care apparently doesn't include surgical