This post is going to be short and sweet.
A judge in Michigan ruled this week that kids don't have a fundamental right to literacy. The ruling came as a result of a lawsuit that alleged that Detroit government schools (and of course, the GOP Governor Rick Snyder) had failed to provide adequate education.
Don't get me wrong; I think that an education is crucial in succeeding in life, but the plaintiffs went overboard in trying to get their agenda (and a commitment of taxpayer dollars) codified in law by claiming a right that doesn't exist. And one judge, U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy III, got it right.
Look at the list of protections in the Bill of Rights. Speech, Religion, Assembly, Self-defense, Self incrimination, Search and seizure. Care to guess what they all have in common (hint: one word is repeated in the list)?
That's right: Self. All these actions are things that you can accomplish without the active (or forced) participation of another person. And that is the very definition of a "right".
So when someone tells you that we have a right to literacy, or education in general, or even health care, remember that ALL these things require the active participation of someone else, which nullifies any claim of a "right".
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