Rights come from our humanity, according to Judge Andrew Napolitano. I don’t like the word rights. I always align it with some special privilege that government can give and take away when it wants. I prefer expectations as a human being. I expect to be hungry and seek out food to satisfy that hunger. I expect to be sleepy and prepare shelter where I can rest. I expect to go through these feelings and needs because of my emotional and physical makeup.
Mr Napolitano goes on to explain that humanity comes from God and sense God is free, we too, as humans, are free since we are made in God’s image. I don’t have to go that far in order to exercise authority over myself or explain the reasons for my expectations. It is enough that I exist and that I leverage the resources of this planet in order to maintain myself.
Supporters of the State won’t see Mr Napolitano’s argument that humanity is source of rights or my argument that my existence and the resulting expectations are sufficient grounds for my freedom. They are too enamored with the false comforts that the State provides.