Driving: Right or Privilege?
I get into this argument all the time. People say that driving is a privilege that the government grants to you.
I beg to differ...
Driving is a right. I'll compare it to voting in the same way.
If I want to vote, I have to be legally qualified. I have to be 18 years of age, I have to be an American citizen. I have to prove those two things, and then I have to register so that I can vote.
I can have my voting rights taken away. I live in Washington State, and if I'm a convicted felon, I can have my voting rights taken away.
Compare that to driving.
If you're old enough to drive, if you take the test, and if you prove to the state that you are capable of driving, and that you understand the rules and regulations, the state has to give you a driver's license.
In the same way that voting is a right, driving is a right. It can also be taken away for committing certain kinds of crimes. Every time I get into a discussion with people about this they say "Lars, I know it's a privilege, and not a right because the state puts that in the driver's manual."
The state, whether it's Washington, Oregon, or some other state, will tell you all kinds of things cockamamie things that aren't true because they're interested in controlling you!
But if you think driving is a privilege, then voting is also a privilege. They're so comparable, it's not even funny...