There is perhaps no more important word, when we discuss such issues as Freedom of Choice, Protection from Governmental Interference into our lives and, yes, "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Yet, the definition of RIGHTS seems to be something many don't understand.
Even more alarmingly, there are those who define the term in different ways at different times, depending on the agenda they are supporting in the latest election cycle.
The goal of this article is to define what is meant when the word RIGHTS is used properly, and to shed light on the improper usage of the term.
In general terms, a RIGHT can be referenced and defined in several ways:
- A Protection against Persecution for certain behaviors, that an individual or group may engage in.
- The ability to make decisions about ones' own life, free of improper
influence or malicious retribution.
- Protecting groups that are recognized legally, from hostile actions by those
who desire to inflict harm upon the members, without just cause.
- Punishment administered to any individual, Either by Government, Social Organization, or Employer must be justified through defined procedures that allow the individual an opportunity to provide a proper defense to any and all charges. Further, that judgment will be based on facts and evidence that were gathered in a prescribed manner. Of course, the degree to which these are implemented differs from the Public to the Private sector.
When speaking of Rights that are found in the Private Sector, we usually find them to be creations of contractual agreements between Employer and Employee, or in By-Laws that are part of a fraternal organizations code of conduct for members. By their very nature, these Rights affect a very select group.
This is not true in the Public Sector.
End of PT 1.