What do the words racist, Nazi, fascist and rights have in common?
All three of them have lost all discernible meaning.
If you have the “wrong” opinion on healthcare, school lunch menus, or whether the M-5000 BlasterTank should be funded in next year’s military budget, you’re a racist. Those who wear uniforms and face-covering hoods, while demanding others repeat “correct think” phrases under threat of violence cluelessly call other people Nazis and fascists — and with a straight face. And rights? Anything coveted by more than one woke individual is now a “right.”
Here’s a related (hang with me a second here) pop quiz. What’s the primary purpose of government?
Listening to the nightly news and politicians’ bloviation, one might think it’s protecting its citizens from themselves. Perhaps the purpose of government is to provide for national security. Or maybe it’s providing a safe, stable, and level playing field for its citizens. Some believe government’s role is to provide for the national welfare, whatever that means.
Looking at a founders’ view of government, the purpose is to protect the natural rights of those who elect to be governed.
There’s a lot to unpack in that phrase, and an accurate understanding of natural rights makes all the difference.