Despite his checkered history of working for the Fox Propaganda machine, the appearance of a new icon appeared in the firmament of eloquent people, persuasively advocating just principles and articulating the reasons for their existence - a thinker. [Admittedly, the previous sentence is a desecration of the English language, but a thoughtful audience has a duty to forgive the impropriety of persons attempting to get on a roll.]
Judge Napolitano has a conservative bent and speaks on many occasions, yet confines his subject to the existence of natural rights, their birth in history and their demise today. He inspires crowds to believe his vision with memorable speeches, arguably approaching the singularity of Winston Churchill. His conclusions mimic those of Ron Paul. Ron also avoids speaking at length about the unconstitutionality of sacred cows, including Social Security, Medicare, and other rights Robin Hood would favor, programs designed to assist the less fortunate, disenfranchised people without a voice in today's American Republic 2.0.
Napolitano, like Paul, rarely dwells on the (presumably) unpopular consequences of his laissez faire approach to economics. Paul has never addressed the conclusion of some economists that his zealous adherence to strict Constitutional construction would lower the average standard of living by 30% - 40%, or that his son's namesake, Ayn Rand, died while on welfare. Ron named his son, "Rand Paul," despite the well-known fact that people with two first names are inherently untrustworthy.
Judge Napolitano confines his speeches to natural rights, citing John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, et. al., that all of them are given to us by our Creator (or for atheists, inherent in our Humanity). In the natural rights area, Napolitano is platinum grade. The judge's constant emphasis of "natural" rights reminds me of a scene from "Dr. Strangelove.":
General "Buck" Turgidson: Mr. President, about, uh, 35 minutes ago, General Jack Ripper, the commanding general of, uh, Burpelson Air Force Base, issued an order to the 34 B-52's of his Wing, which were airborne at the time as part of a special exercise we were holding called Operation Drop-Kick. Now, it appears that the order called for the planes to, uh, attack their targets inside Russia. The, uh, planes are fully armed with nuclear weapons with an average load of, um, 40 megatons [each]"
President Merkin Muffley: General Turgidson, I find this very difficult to understand. I was under the impression that I was the only one in authority to order the use of nuclear weapons.
General "Buck" Turgidson: That is right, sir, you are the only person authorized to do so. And although I, uh, hate to judge before all the facts are in, it's beginning to look like, uh, General Ripper exceeded his authority.
"Dr. Strangelove": [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057012/quotes], (No Other Citation)
If Soviets enjoy the same rights as the people of "free" nations, their bodies, along with their natural rights, are about to be incinerated. A disturbing thought occurred to me that a Creator or Humanity either does not bestow natural or any other rights that protect individuals or does not choose to enforce them. These protections become rights if, and only if, the presumptive bearer claims them, is predisposed to defend them and has the power to do so.
This perspective is a real downer. The only redeeming aspect of the alternate theory is to refine the reader's ability to distinguish boredom from despair. For a far more optimistic and persuasive view of natural rights, see:
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Ready or not, I'm writing something. If I don't try this at least once, I'll never get started.
PS My doctor won't write me a note because I asked him to say I complained of "vertigo" and falling down, but he declined, stating I complained of unsteadiness, not vertigo, and falling down.
[Vertigo] is medically distinct from dizziness, lightheadedness, and unsteadiness.
(Dizziness) A balance disorder is a condition that makes you feel unsteady or dizzy as if you are moving, spinning, or floating, even though you are standing still or lying down. Balance disorders can be caused by certain health conditions, medications, or a problem in the inner ear or the brain.
(Balance Disorder) A balance disorder is a condition that makes you feel unsteady or dizzy as if you are moving, spinning, or floating, even though you are standing still or lying down. Balance disorders can be caused by certain health conditions, medications, or a problem in the inner ear or the brain.
I don't believe he likes me as a patient, especially after I called his nurse, "Ms. Ratshit."