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John Locke (1632–1704) as well as Plato and Aristotle were among the most influential philosophers of their day. In Locke’s Two Treatises of Government, he defended the claim that men are by nature free and equal against claims that God had made all people naturally subject to a monarch. He argued that people have rights, such as the right to life, liberty, and property that have a foundation independent of the laws of any particular society.
For the Golden Rule — Confucius around 500 BC had the following for one to live by: “Do not impose on others what you do not wish for yourself.” In the Christian Bible Matthew wrote what Jesus said for one to live by “So whatever you wish that others would do to you do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
In our Declaration of Independence the writers of the document had agreed that natural law was prominent in man from birth, that life liberty and happiness springs from our birth naturally in every human being. That no one has the right to subjugate one from it without permission.
Let’s look at the second paragraph to the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,”
Politicians today take from one and give to the other, in some cases this is fine for a short period of time in order to help the needy pull themselves up and care for themselves, but we all know it has become permanent for some, even generational for families. Benjamin Franklin once said make them uncomfortable in poverty so they will not stay in it, government should make them uncomfortable in poverty. However, politicians today enable people to stay in poverty and do this for votes and reelection. The two major party system today, Republican and Democrat, virtually assures them the seats of power, because most people don’t have the backing or money to win enough to become elected and to straighten out the onslaught on an individual’s natural rights, so those (politicians) of the Republican and Democrat party keep winning decades long.
If you can understand the base of natural law concerning life, liberty and happiness one can easily tell if politicians are taking you for a ride when they propose a piece of legislation. Today it’s a healthcare bill, but its true nature will violate, “life, liberty and happiness”; all three. Just think what it will do to you: encroach on your personal “liberty” of choice, make healthcare expensive causing it to diminish your “happiness” and may even cost you your “life” due to choices available and costs of premiums.
Remember the “natural laws” you were born with and use it as your measure for anything that would get in the way of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. And you will easily be able to tell if you are being taken for the ride of your “life” by politicians that are supposed to have all our natural rights at heart and not just a few they have enslaved to reelect them time after time.
What did Ronald Reagan say about Socialized medicine? One thing is for sure it diminishes, “Life, Liberty and Happiness”; all three of the “Natural Laws”
Further reading on basic needs: Socialism Does It Fit Mankind