Friday, January 23, 2015

Things that are not inalienable rights

We hear a lot of talk about inalienable rights, those rights that cannot be taken away (also called natural rights of men). Yet there is also talk (as FDR once did with his 2nd Bill of Rights and as gay rights activists do) of other rights that are not inalienable and they refer to them as though they were.

Listed here are some things that are not inalienable rights:

1. A good job
2. A good IQ
3. Good health
4. Good vision
5. Retirement
6. Good genes
7. A good wife or husband
8. A good marriage
9. Handicap access
10. Social security
11. Green grass
12. To fit in
13. Virtues
14.  Gay marriage

These are not rights, although they are incentives to work hard and obtain a better life; although they are things that legislatures can give you and take away.

Unalienable rights are those rights you are born with, such as the right to air, food, shelter, choice, defend yourself, etc.