Although this book was written by Gerry Connolly some years ago, he still won’t explain to voters whether he still holds these rather unconventional views. Perhaps we can take his silence as our answer.
Take this one in the context of the ObamaCare bill that Connolly voted for:
Dubious also, in this view, is the right to live as long as medical technology can keep you breathing. Exorbitantly expensive methods of prolonging life now exist, but they cannot be afforded to all. We may have to ration our medical technology.
Or perhaps this one, in the context of the Cap & Tax bill that Connolly voted for:
Another disputable right is the right to consume as much as you can buy. It is obvious that you no longer have the right to burn soft coal in New York City, water your lawn in a drought, buy all the gasoline you want, or kill ostriches to wear their feathers in your hats, but we may soon have to ration such intrinsically limited commodities as apartment space in Manhattan.”
Does this lend us insight about the rationale behind Connolly’s support of government overreach into the private sector?
This brings into dispute the right to ownership. There will be a growing list of products prohibited to private ownership. The private production of commercial goods and services will inevitably be restricted by the expansion of publicly-controlled activities.
Take this in the context of your rights guaranteed under the First Amendment, especially if you live in an urbanized environment:
The right to privacy itself becomes dubious when population density reaches the saturation point.
Does Gerry Connolly still believe that the right of the people to seek redress of their greivances in Congress is subject to rationing? Perhaps that explains his behavior when constituents went to his office to see him and were threatened with arrest.
And finally, we may have to change our minds about the right of access to all public places. Museums, the galleries of Congress, hospital waiting-rooms and courtrooms cannot accommodate all the people who may wish to exercise the right to visit them, and safety may require that this right be rationed.
Voters really should be asking Gerry Connolly whether he still believes this stuff.
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