WORD FROM OUR FOUNDER
hard at work with the final issue of Arsenic Lullaby so today you all
have the pleasure of a blog by my Friend Josh, a talented stand up
comedian who is about to foolishly "out" himself by giving a
political opinion...i read through it and like most times i hear from
Josh...the man makes perfect sense. give it a read and make him
feel at home with some comments pro or con (don't worry he can handle
some abuse) and if you want to check out more or see him live go to http://www.joshgoguen.com
Doug asked if I’d write something for him and immediately I
thought, “Oh boy, I can do something on healthcare!”
Not really, but it’s a pretty big item on the Obama agenda
that I've been annoyed with. During the campaign our president said of
health care “Well, I think it should be a right for every American.”
Aside from hearing all of the horror stories about the
government health care that exists in Europe and Canada, the thing that
bothers me most about the argument for a socialized system is the notion
that we somehow have a “right to healthcare”. When people believe
they have a right to goods and services of others, we lose the meaning
of the word “rights”.
A right is something you are born with. It is something that
would still exist if there were no society. A right is not dependent
upon someone else giving of themselves in order to provide for you. If
you were dropped off an a deserted island, you would still have your
Consider the movie Cast Away. Tom Hanks is stranded on a
deserted island with no one around, which is what makes it deserted.
Let’s try to assess the things he has, that would fall under the
category of rights.
First, he’s alive. So, that’s a simple one. He’s got the
right to life.
Second, he can pretty much do as he pleases and go where he
pleases. No one is going to tell him when to work, when to sleep and
what to do with the copious amounts of free time that one would have
alone on an island. So, he has the right to liberty.
Third, he’s able to keep the things he works for. Should he
sharpen a stick into a spear, that’s his spear. If he catches a fish,
what he does with it is his buisiness. He has a right to the fruits of
Did he have a right to food? No, he had to hunt for or find it.
Did he have a right to clothing? No, he had to find it, make it,
or go with out. In other words, he has to work for it.
Did he have a right to shelter? No, he had to build it. That’s
Did he have a right
to healthcare? No. If when he fell ill, he had to figure out how to deal
with it on his own or pretty much hope the problem went away.
Do you see where this is going? If you wouldn’t have the right
to it while living on the island, you definitely don’t have a right to
it just because you live in society that happens to have what would
surely be considered magic by people 100 years ago.
Still not going to go with me on this?
Let’s try one more way to look at it.
Suppose you had Syndrome X (chances are you might) and as luck
would have it, I just invented a cure to it this afternoon. Are you
really going to tell me that suddenly you’re entitled to something
that didn’t even exist yesterday?
I enjoy living in a world where words have meaning and it seems
some of those meanings are being replaced with emotional garbage. Even
if you disagree with me on health care, you have to consider how you
argue for it. To call something “a right” that simply isn’t, not
only cheapens the word it cheapens real rights.