posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 09:02 PM
It is impossible for such things as food and water to be rights.
Why? Because, of course, they don't come from you. Look at what your true rights are. Free speech, exercise religion, bear arms (more on this)...
They're all things contained within yourself when you are born.
Are you born with the ability to get food and water? Obviously not. They don't come from you; they are not God-given (whatever you think God is)
nor intrinsic properties of your being. They are, if you think everyone deserves them, entitlements.
Now, more on the right to keep and bear arms. This is the right to have weapons, if you so choose. But is it the right to be given weapons? No.
You have the right to keep weapons, but you are not entitled to them. There's a fundamental difference here between a right an an entitlement.
A right comes from within yourself; an entitlement is something you deserve from someone else.
That's why whenever you hear someone name food, water, or even employment as rights, you should respond with anger. Why? Because the implications
are destructive and, from my perspective, downright evil. It directly implies that all of your "rights" come from others - from the government.
And they don't. Something the government should give you is an entitlement - and you're reliant on the government for it. But your rights come
from no one but yourself as an individual.
And don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
[edit on 16-7-2008 by Johnmike]