Just say no.
A person much wiser than I said, Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
My home state, Georgia, is pretty
So based on this and based on equal rights, can a person, call him Fred, who has several epileptic seizures a day get a driver's license for a private vehicle? Appears so. Of course, a court order can come
"Baker, Fred is a danger to others on the road if he drives."
Hang on! We're talking about Fred. Don't be
"Well, Fred could have a wreck and kill himself."
So could you.
"But it's more likely Fred will do that."
So, Fred needs to be protected from himself by taking away one of his rights? Where
Fred can't get a commercial license, cause there's a medical exam involved. If the sawbones
In a thread on my FB page, Rebel brought up the issue of his nephew and my son Jesse. He asked, point blank, if I felt Jesse should not have equal rights.
Jesse might be able to pass the driver's license test. Someone would have to read the questions to him. This is allowed under Georgia law. Given some time and lots of time behind the wheel, he could probably pass the driver's part of the test.
He does not need to be behind the wheel.
Some other things? M'kay.
He doesn't need to serve on a jury.
He's got no business holding elected office (albeit he might do better than our current crop of elected
He should not be allowed to use an arc or
Jesse's cognitive ability is such that he should not be allowed to do a bunch of things, even if it is his right.
Let's put this on physical ability too. He should not be allowed to play contact sports. He has a medical condition with the vertebrae of his neck. Get hit hard enough, broken neck. He knows this, because we've told him often enough, but I wonder if he truly grasps the concept. I doubt it.
BUT! As my Libertarian and libertarian friends (and some
IF, and on that tiny word can hang a universe of possibilities, if they do so of their own volition. Even Jesse. Should he suddenly develop the urge to try out for the Semi-Pro football team one town south of here and it is 100 percent his own decision...
But we run right back to his cognitive abilities. Jesse doesn't process the same way people without his disability can. To '
Nope. What we have here is a serious case of gray in a world that demands black & white.
Does a person need the ability to understand a right in order to exercise it? If you demand equal rights and equal opportunity, you may not vacillate. Yes or no. No
If the person is not competent, they can be confined, against their will anyway. Bye bye equal rights.
Going back to Jesse, I am as certain as I can be of anything that, given enough time, Jesse could be convinced to commit rather heinous deeds. He wouldn't understand the ramifications. Should he still be held accountable for this? Equality and equal rights
It can be argued that this actually protects the rights of such an individual.
Depriving a person of the ability to make his own choices protects his rights? Really? How novel a concept.
"Baker, we're not depriving him of that right."
Really? Could have fooled me. But hey, I have been wrong before and could be wrong here.
Certainly, there is something in this Saturday night post I'm missing. I feel it. Serious, missing something important. I can't figure out what it is and it is annoying me. Not sure if it will cement hat I'm saying here or wreck it. Help me out, please.