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June 8th, 2011
By Dan Miller
According to a United Nations report released late last week (Friday, when nothing else newsworthy was happening),
A United Nations report released Friday declares Internet access a human right. Presented to the General Assembly, the report by UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue states that, “the Internet has become a key means by which individuals can exercise their right to freedom and expression.”
Although the report seems to stop short of saying directly that the internet (not to mention computers, pencils, paper, postage, and trips to the post office) should be free for all, that’s a next logical step. Clearly, North Korea, China, Iran, Libya, Cuba, Venezuela and all other nations that cherish human rights will fall right into line; if they don’t, the U.N. will deal with them with appropriate severity — maybe even a diplomatic note will be sent, after the receiving nation has agreed to the text.
There are, of course, lots of recently discovered human rights. Here are only a few:
To “affordable” health care (but not to be free from government mandated health care);
To privacy (but not if one has to go through
scan and grope TSA checkpoints);
To abortion (but not to not be aborted);
To prenatal care (it’s for the not yet born);
To enter the United States and Israel illegally (but not to enter Mexico and most other countries illegally);
To freedom of religion (except in the Arab countries, some Asian countries and elsewhere);
To freedom of speech (except to say unflattering things about Islamists and other protected classes);
To be blatantly antisemitic;
To have the fruits of the labors of others.
With the United Nations around to proclaim and protect our human rights with its customary vigor, one must wonder why we need our own silly old Constitution; let’s repeal it and rely on the United Nations, with its highly regarded Human Rights Council, to take care of us. It’s a big world and all must be free to express multicultural feelings and from adverse comments by those who don’t share them.
(This article was first published at The PJ Tatler.)
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