The State’s Covid Response Is a Cancer for the Freedom of Humanity

Gary D. Barnett

“It is not true that the legislator has absolute power over our persons and property, since they pre-exist, and his work is only to secure them from injury. It is not true that the mission of the law is to regulate our consciences, our ideas, our will, our education, our sentiments, our works, our exchanges, our gifts, our enjoyments. Its mission is to prevent the rights of one from interfering with those of another, in any one of these things.” ~  Frederic Bastiat (1850). “The Law”, p.64

It is agonizing to discuss human rights, or rights specific to the people in this country, because at this point in time no rights exist. George Carlin explained this in honest and simple terms when he said: “There’s no such thing as rights. They’re imaginary. We made them up.” One of the main problems that would explain this phenomenon is the crutch for ‘rights’ in this country has always been reliance on the Constitution. This notion in and of itself explains everything about American’s misunderstanding of rights. The Constitution is a government document that supposedly outlines rights, but if government is explaining and dictating what rights exist, then none exist. To make things worse, this same document so seemingly revered by the public, gave the political class, the same political class initiating and putting into law this piece of parchment, unlimited rights to steal through forced taxation, powers to war, to control all commerce, to coin and control all money, to borrow money against the citizens wealth, and much more.…