I am hearing much about "Rights" here in Wisconsin. In particular, the "Right" to collective bargaining. But what is a "Right"?
As Conservatives, we believe that rights are bestowed upon us by a higher power, just by virtue of our existence. We have the right to speak our minds. The right to defend ourselves. The right to our own property and to be secure in it. The right to not self-incriminate. There are others as well. We also believe that "Rights" do not infringe upon the "Rights" of others. For example, my right to speech does not prevent another from theirs. Rights cannot and do not come from government. Government provides privileges, often for those whom government favors.
Collective bargaining, whether public-sector or private-sector, is not a "Right" in this sense. Especially in the public-sector. The "Right" to bargain collectively was afforded public employees in 1959 by the Wisconsin State Legislature. That it was government and not God renders the argument false right away. Reinforcing that argument is the infringement argument. Public-sector union bargaining infringes on the rights of the taxpayer to their property. The unions are able to take money (forcibly) from their membership and use it to support the candidate who will give the union the greatest largess.
There is no "Right" to collective bargaining by public-sector unions. Only "Lies...."