Let’s begin by taking a look at what a right is compared to a privilege:
A privilege is a certain entitlement to immunity granted by the state or another authority to a restricted group, either by birth or on a conditional basis. …
A right is an inherent, irrevocable entitlement held by all citizens from the moment of birth.
The Declaration states, “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….”
What’s unalienable cannot be taken away or denied. Its most famous use is in the Declaration of Independence, which says people have unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Know that we have the foundation set let’s see how the Supreme Court and other Courts have ruled on Driving whether it is a Right or privilege.
“The right of a citizen to travel upon the public highways and to transport his property thereon, by horsedrawn carriage, wagon, or automobile, is not a mere privilege which may be permitted or prohibited at will, but a common right which he has under his right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Under this constitutional guaranty one may, therefore, under normal conditions, travel at his inclination along the public highways or in public places, and while conducting himself in an orderly and decent manner, neither interfering with nor disturbing another’s rights, he will be protected, not only in his person, but in his safe conduct.” Reported by, wearechange.org
Thompson v.Smith, 154 SE 579, 11 American Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, section 329, page 1135 “The right of the Citizen to travel upon the public highways and to transport his property thereon, in the ordinary course of life and business, is a common right which he has under the right to enjoy life and liberty, to acquire and possess property, and to pursue happiness and safety. It includes the right, in so doing, to use the ordinary and usual conveyances of the day, and under the existing modes of travel, includes the right to drive a horse drawn carriage or wagon thereon or to operate an automobile thereon, for the usual and ordinary purpose of life and business.” –
Thompson vs. Smith, supra.; Teche Lines vs. Danforth, Miss., 12 S.2d 784 “… the right of the citizen to drive on a public street with freedom from police interference… is a fundamental constitutional right” -White, 97 Cal.App.3d.141, 158 Cal.Rptr. 562, 566-67 (1979) “citizens have a right to drive upon the public streets of the District of Columbia or any other city absent a constitutionally sound reason for limiting their access.”
There are approx 50 rulings at https://wearechange.org/u-s-supreme-court-says-no-license-necessary-to-drive-automobile-on-public-highwaysstreets/ I won’t include anymore.
Have we sold our rights to the government? You need a license to exercise your 2nd amendment right “in the name of safety” Why would the government Federal, State and local license our rights and sell them back to us? To tax, regulate and deny.
America has accepted this practice as business as usual. Have they programmed so many through the media and politicians that we accept this practice? Part of America is willing to give up their right to self-defense.
We have allowed them to build a system that enforces the stealing of our rights!!! Look what happens when you “Don’t Comply” with their enforcers. Could this man have saved a trip to the hospital and county jail? Yes, but he was exercising his rights. I applaud him because he did it peacefully, and I believe rights are like a muscle if you don’t exercise them they become weak. Good men and woman died to ensure our rights we so willingly buy back from our own government!!!~RJH