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BP: Thanks for spelling out our rights

Letter by John Nichols, Tacoma on July 6, 2010 at 11:43 am | 1 Comment »
July 7, 2010 9:14 am

Re: “BP to 40,000 oil spill workers: Talk all you want to the media” (TNT, 7-3).

Reading that little article was like my neighbor knocking on my door and telling me I can talk all I want to my roommates. Before this, BP did not allow cleanup workers to talk to the press. Don’t think me ungrateful, but what other rights can I wait for BP’s permission to exercise?

This highlights something we forget from time to time: The right to speak is an inherent right. So are the rights to think freely and assemble. We have them because we are human. Our rights are God-given, or at least inalienable.

They are not BP-given, or court-given, or even Declaration of Independence-given. We just are free. The Declaration of Independence only stated this. Its “self-evident.. The courts and Constitution simply protect this, using the word “rights.” Right?

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