Former Republican Congressman Ron Paul of Texas said Wednesday that if Americans understood the definition of “rights,” the battle over whether Hobby Lobby should have to pay for its employees’ birth control would likely never have happened.
“It’s the whole issue of the understanding of what rights are, and mandates that we shouldn’t have,” Paul said, speaking on The Glenn Beck Program with guest host Dana Loesch. “If we had that, then we wouldn’t have to go through this agony.”
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, saying that Obamacare cannot force companies to pay for emergency contraceptive coverage that could lead to abortions if it violates their religious beliefs.
“The claim is that women have a right to free birth control,” Paul explained. “And yet they never talk about the rights of the person that has to provide these demands. But demands and desires and needs can’t become rights, and that’s why we have a society today that, anyone who needs or wants something [says], ‘We have a right to this.’ But they never say, ‘Whose rights must we violate in order to get what we want?'”
“The left never talks about that,” Paul continued. “They only talk about some individual who wants something, and they have a ‘right’ to it, and don’t even bring up the subject of whose rights are going to be violated by providing these services.”
Paul said it is “such a shame” that Americans are fighting over the topic, saying “these debates wouldn’t go on” if we “lived in a free society” and understood the “definition of ‘rights.'”
Paul also weighed in on Republican Senator Thad Cochran’s narrow victory over Tea Party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi, saying the election proved that the Republican establishment will do “anything to make sure that any challenge from a conservative, libertarian viewpoint will be punished.”
“It looks like, just maybe, they have violated some laws,” Paul added of Cochran’s campaign. “And they certainly have violated the precepts of what Republicans pretend to believe in.”
Paul also spoke about foreign policy, saying that for too long, we have only had “two choices” when it comes to dealing with other countries.
“If they do what we tell them, we give them a lot of money,” Paul said. “If they don’t do what we tell them, we invade them and kill them and bomb them. And I’d like another option — just be friends with them, trade with them, and stay out of their business.”
The former presidential candidate concluded with an Independence Day message for America. You can watch the complete segment below.
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