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Constitution: No and Not

Many people mistakenly believe that we get our (natural) rights from the Constitution when in fact, nothing could be further from the truth.


Every person is born with natural rights (or God-given rights for those who believe in God), and unless and until some more powerful entity takes those rights from us, we retain them throughout our life.


Those who understand the true purpose of the Constitution know that its purpose was not to grant us rights but to PREVENT the Government from depriving us of those natural rights that we were born with.  Those protections are embodied by provision after provision of the Constitution specifying what the Government CAN'T DO!


If you do a quick word search on a Microsoft Word version of the US Constitution for the occurrence of the words "No" and "Not", you will find the following:


The word "No" appears 33 times in the main body of the Constitution and an additional 37 Times in the Bill of Rights for a total occurrence of 70 times and can be found in such sentences as :


"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,"


The word "NOT" appears 41 times in the main body of the  Constitution and an additional 23 times in the Bill of Rights for a total occurrence of 64 times and can be found in such sentences as:


"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated" 

Between these two words, the Constitution specifies 134 things that the Government CAN'T do and not a single thing that "The People" can't do.


This brings us to the question of whether or not things like Health Care (and housing) are "Rights."  


Yes, you are born with the right to SEEK health care, but you have no right to demand that somebody else PAY for that health care. 


No other Constitutional right comes with a price tag.  You acquired them at no charge the moment you were born and didn't have to pay for the privilege of exercising them. 


So no, there is no "right" to be provided with health care at somebody else's expense.

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