Picture a five-storey building. The fourth floor is politics, where how man should treat other men is determined. Politics, the fourth branch of philosophy, defines the principles of a proper social system. The politics floor rests on the third floor, ethics or morality, the code of values to guide man’s choices and actions in determining the purpose and the course of his life. The third floor rests on the second floor, epistemology, which is also called the reason-and-logic floor. In turn, the reason-and-logic floor rests on the first floor and the building’s foundations: metaphysics - the study of existence, nature, metaphysical reality.
A political principle that does not rest on ethics is like the fourth floor of a building floating on air. Ethics or a morality code without an epistemological and metaphysical base is like a table with no legs. The proper code of values is established by means of reason in accordance with logic and in consonance with man’s nature.
Ms. Bush, Thomas Jefferson and his kind disagree with you and Speaker Pelosi:
"Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual." -- Thomas JeffersonIndependent equals do not have slaves that would provide manmande values like healthcare. Capitalism, the separation of state and economics, is the only social system accordant with Rights. I hope Ms. Bush would ponder the Founding principles and this Davy Crockett video entitled, Not Yours to Give.
"A right is that which can be exercised without anyone's permission." -- Ayn Rand