- - Thursday, October 10, 2019

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The transformed Democratic Party has embraced the failed, misguided promise of utopia as articulated in Article 25 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

Food, clothing, homes and medical care, do not grow in nature. These are goods and services produced by humans. Who will supply these goods and services? Who will pay for them?

If some people are entitled by “right” to the products and work of others, it means that those others are deprived of their rights and property. No one has the right to impose obligations, unrewarded duties or involuntary servitude on others. There is no such thing as a right to enslave.

Entitlements, welfare and an expanding list of “rights” such as health care, food and housing do not constitute freedom; they constitute dependency. These aren’t rights; they are rations of involuntary servitude.

Self-sustaining, self-reliant citizens are the foundation of a free society. Our culture no longer reflects this ideal. Our educational system no longer teaches how or why the individual rights protected by the Constitution created the highest standard of living on the planet. The right to life does not mean others must provide you with the necessities of life.



ED KONECNIK

Flushing, N.Y.

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