Originally posted by The Old American
They are interchangeable, and if a country would enforce "human rights", including the U.S., we wouldn't have to have a group exercising rights that
other groups aren't recognized to have. My problem with "gay rights", or even "women's rights", "black rights", "age rights", or what have you, is
that other humans with the exact same rights are exclusive of those rights by definition. If I'm straight, I don't have gay rights. If I'm
white, I don't have black rights. It's like "hate crimes". WTF is a hate crime? Is there a love crime? It's singling out certain groups and presuming
to give them rights that they already have as human beings.
I hope I'm not being too presumptuous; are you a straight white male? Presumably American, probably some flavor of Christian? I ask because, well,
that tends to be the standard template for people who profess an inability to "get it." Not that you're dumb because of any of those traits, but
rather because these particular issues just don't cross your path unless you choose to read or hear about them.
First off, a hate crime is a crime motivated by hatred of a particular group of people. It's really quite simple. If I beat a guy up because I
personally dislike that guy, then the problem is between he and I. However, if I beat him up because he's black and I dislike black people... then any
other black person could easily be a victim of my assault. The prejudices driving my criminal behavior make me a clear risk for ALL people who fall
under that prejudice. My motive is to cause harm and fear among a particular group of people.
Now, for the subject of "category" rights... well, the fact is like I said, while it would seem plain common sense that these rights fall under
universal "human rights" the sad fact of reality is that this fact has often been completely ignored
by ruling majorities, so there's a need to
pull out the spotlights, and enumerate
, make clear to all looking, that yes, THOSE people
have human rights, too.
Bear in mind that there are still plenty of nations and cultures where certain groups of human aren't actually considered human, too; Children and
women are often relegated to subhuman status, for instance, so there's a need to point out that yes, there are rights that even women and children in
particular have as human beings.
It's not that other groups lack
these rights. It's simply drawing highlights on an as-needed basis.
My question leads (haha...er...nm) to my question of enforcement.
The U.S. uses "human rights violations" as a pretense for the opportunity to invade a sovereign nation for their resources. Nation-building is big
business, and this is a coup for the U.S. to get the U.N. to agree to back us when we invade more countries for oil...oops...I meant to say human
Actually it's never invaded a country on the basis of human rights. Certain American politicians try to sell the invasion to the American public with
the "human rights" angle, but the annoying fact is, our politicians don't need to sell us on a war, they just do it anyway. Now, we have
support to other efforts in the name of human rights (Bosnia and Kosovo, now Libya) but those weren't actually invasions.
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