So my state delegate sent me an email. Form letter. I got on his mailing list after communicating with him, urging support of gun rights legislation in the statehouse.
Anyway, his mail insists that a first rate public education is a right not a privilege, and how great it is here in this county &c. &c.
I'll grant our public schools, here, are halfway decent. And were when I attended them 20+ years ago, but a right?
Sorry, Delegate Waldstreicher. I have no problem with a great majority of the region jealously guarding the privilege of maintaining a fine education system, but it can't be a right. It is not a right when you have to take from one to provide for another. I don't have a right to someone else's groceries. No one is obliged by duty to provide me a big screen TV. It isn't right to for me to get you to cajole the government to take money from my fellow citizens, at gunpoint, and then use that money to subsidize my subway tickets. Is that sort of thing done? Yes. But it is one of the little tyrannies of the democratic process, and it's not a right. Or right.
A right to speak takes nothing from another. Not being forced to lodge soldiers is the opposite of a taking. Defending myself from a fellow citizen that is violation MY right removes no resources from my neighbor. I don't dip into YOUR wallet when I go to church. Even a Unitarian church. I own myself, and you own yourself. These are rights.
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