Some truths are self-evident. They are true simply because they are. For example, the American Constitution says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
I very much doubt Canadians (especially conservative or libertarian voters) would disagree with that claim—even leftists would have a difficult time doing so. Our freedom is self-evident. It’s a fundamental truth. I deserve to be free purely because I am human, and you deserve to be free purely because you are human, too. If we try and justify our freedom on extenuating factors like healthcare or vaccination status, freedom ceases to be a fundamental right and becomes a conditional privilege.
But our rights and freedoms are not a condition of health, vaccination status, or even being Albertan or Canadian. Our rights are freedoms are inherent in all humans because we are made in the image of God.
That is why we reject Jason Kenney’s recent proposal to “end mandates.” He’s not ending them at all—he’s merely suspending restrictions until he wants to impose them again due to rising hospitalizations or a new variant. In this, he’s devaluing human life.
Kenney will say the passports and mandates saved lives, but he treated us like animals. One can lock down any creature for health and safety, and no one will bat an eye. We put dogs in kennels when we go on vacation, and we round up cattle and fire them through chutes for vaccination, but no one has a problem with this because it’s not immoral. The same is not valid for humans; we have rights and freedoms that mere animals do not.
One more thing, Kenney justified his recent actions by saying, “It is also, and always has been, the government's approach to keep public health measures in place only so long as they are absolutely necessary to protect our health and our public healthcare system.”*
But you and I are not put on this Earth to make sure the Alberta Healthcare System stays stable. We don’t serve the healthcare system; the healthcare system serves us. And if the system is being overwhelmed, it’s not we who need to change; the system does. After all, we live in a democracy, don’t we? As such, we are not servants of the state; we are supposed to be its masters.
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