Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Property Rights

Yesterday  Sen. Rand Paul made the following comment in regard to vaccinations: "The state doesn't own your children. Parents own the children."

No one else seems to have noticed that he made a much more shocking statement than the suggestion that parents should be able to refuse to vaccinate their children, thus  putting all unvaccinated children at risk.

Surely, I am not the only person who noticed that he declared that parents own their children. Let me be clear. No human being owns any other human being. Your children are placed in your hands as a sacred trust. They are not your property.

I have no doubt that libertarian Rand Paul would disagree with his own point if pressed, but it  shocks me that he could be so careless as to suggest that children are their parents' property.  Am I alone in believing that this is the equivalent of stating that wives are their  husbands' property?  

The idea that children are objects to be owned snd exploited is ancient.  The Roman patriarch had control of his offspring for life.  Lincoln's father rented him out like a slave to make money.  We should be well past such abusive ideas.

No comments:

Post a Comment