In America, we all have rights. The constitution offers the rights to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If you notice, some things never ended up on the list. The guarantee of happiness is not present, only that you may pursue happiness. Also missing is your right to walk over another person’s rights.
If I am a store owner, I can refuse the right to serve someone who I felt was threatening my patrons or me. Threats could include someone who may be intoxicated, pointing a firearm, or potentially threatening my store with a bomb or a possible biological agent that could be deadly. In this country, one person’s rights do not negate anyone else’s rights.
No one gets to yell ‘FIRE’ in a crowded theater. You cannot start target practice on Main Street. You cannot steal a car or kill someone and not end up pursued, and arrested. And, if there is a deadly virus that is threatening your area, and you refuse to follow the rules, you might not get service. The store owner has a right to deny you service if you do not comply with the protective needs of society.
I Understand the wish to do whatever I wanted. At the same time, I know the need to do what is right for the greater good of all. I am not an island unto myself. I am part of a greater community. I must balance my rights with the needs of everyone. If I fail to do so, the entire basis of my freedoms is at risk of failing. Then, I would have no ‘rights’ to protect me.
Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.