Basically, Yoani Sanchez is a Cuban blogger who sometimes posts some first-hand truths about Cuba that are uncomfortable to the liberals at the Huffpo…in this case, a video of a Cuban citizen being denied access to the internet by government order. Newsbuster’s point was that Huffpo readers tend to basically ignore anything she writes that doesn’t fit in with their utopian view of Cuban society. At the time that Newsbusters posted their article, there was only one comment to Yoani’s post:
And you think the United States doesn’t violate the constitutional rights of its citizens?
The juvenile mentality exhibited by such a comment notwithstanding, that’s not even the worst of it to my mind.
Since the Newsbusters article, several people (I assume their readers) have posted comments supporting Yoani’s work, to which the Huffpo regulars have felt compelled to respond.
In the now 80 count comment thread, several have expounded upon the “rights” that are being denied citizens of the US:
Like the right to chose a public health plan over a private FOR-PROFIT health pan?
The right to choose now includes the right to choosing to either a) have someone else pay your way or b) force someone to sell you health care at cost.
Why doesn’t this apply to…say…food? Food is even more necessary to life than health care so why don’t we have the right to choose publicly supplied food over private FOR-PROFIT grocery stores?
It’s a good question. Why DON’T we have the right to choose slavery over freedom?
If I were gay I could say that they prevent me from marrying my partner. If I were a poor kid in an inner city schoolI could say that education in this country is preventing me from a decent shot at life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
I would agree that rights are being denied and infringed every day in the US…but those ain’t them.
What exactly are rights anyway? Do we have a right to marriage? Or education?
I think this definition sums it up the best: Rights are freedoms of action. Anything that requires the effort of or input from another is not a right.
We have the right to DO what we want (within the bounds of reason, of course) in defense of our life and liberty and in the pursuit of our own happiness. We do not have the right to TAKE what we want (or even what we need) from another in support of those ideals.
That’s the concept that over 51% (and growing) of our population just doesn’t get…and that’s why we’re doomed as a free society.
The writing is on the wall. The majority of the population wants to be given the things that they are too incompetent, ignorant, or lazy to get for themselves. They want those things, whether it be wealth, medical knowledge, social acceptance or any number of other things to which they simply do not have a rightful claim, to be taken under threat of violence from those who DO have a rightful claim to them, and “distributed” throughout society.
They consider it perfectly acceptable to violate the ACTUAL rights of “the have’s”, in an effort to grant IMAGINARY rights to the “have not’s”.
Which, of course, never works…because the “have’s” have the natural and inalienable right (regardless of how hard the government tries to prevent it) to STOP PRODUCING what the “have not’s” want. With the obvious result of, instead of everyone having what the “have not’s” tried to steal…no one has it.
Most people were just born to be slaves. I’m convinced of it. Most people simply are not compatible with freedom and liberty. They must be kept, cared for and ruled. I could get into the religious and theological aspects of this phenomenon, but I’ll spare you this time; regardless, history has unequivocally proven it time and time again.
Our little experiment in liberty and individual responsibility has fallen to the inexorable power of an innately corrupt human nature. Long Live the King.