President Obama’s trip to Cuba had the potential to effectively end communism in the island nation. He couldn’t do it alone, but would need the help of Congress, yet the potential was still there. However, President Obama seems poised to completely blow it.
For example, he says stuff like this. From The Daily Caller:
“Our starting point is that we have two different systems,” Obama explained. “What I have said to President Castro, is that we are moving forward and not looking backwards.”
“President Castro, I think, has pointed out that it, in his view making sure that everybody is getting a decent education or health care, has basic security in old age, that those things are human rights as well.”
“The goal of the human rights dialogue is not for the United States to dictate to Cuba how to govern themselves,” the president continued. “Hopefully, we can learn from each other.”
Mr. President, we have nothing to learn from Cuba. Absolutely nothing regarding human rights.
Every American is afforded a free education up through high school. Every. Single. One. That we don’t provide free education after that is irrelevant. This nation does provide numerous programs where anyone can get additional education, including job training, thanks to things like the Pell Grant. We already provide education to anyone who wants it and will work toward it.
As for healthcare, we already have hundreds of healthcare facilities that willingly help the poor throughout the nation. Are they enough? Maybe not, but there’s been zero efforts by the Obama administration to address that situation, since seeking to punish people for not having health insurance and jacking up people’s insurance rates.
However, neither of these are human rights. They’re awesome things, but awesome things don’t automatically become human rights. Each of these requires someone to actually do something. It requires a teacher to teach, or a doctor to treat. They can’t be human rights…unless one is willing to require people to perform these jobs whether they want to or not.
Human rights all essentially boil down to government leaving you alone.
Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, all stem from the idea of the government simply not screwing with you.
Education and healthcare both require someone to give you something, and that means someone may have to be forced to provide it should no one wish to give it willingly. Should that happen, then it’s the antithesis of a human right.
Ironic, this came from Raul Castro, president of a country known for real human rights abuses. Not that President Obama seems the least bit worried about any of that. He’d rather allow us to be lectured because we expect people to pay for their own college degrees.