The Texan being misquoted was Kris Kristofferson, actually. And that's good enough for me. Good enough for me and Bobby McGee.
And "natural" indeed is an almost useless word in this context. As a natural phenomenon, man and all his works are necessarily natural, as natural as bee hives and beaver dams. This includes such inventions of human intelligence as natural rights and prime numbers. They exist both as a matter of definition and of application. Prime numbers exist even if one doesn't understand them, and human rights exist even if one doesn't realize it. Stripped of their mystical baggage (contra "endowed by their creator"), human rights exist because human beings (or other as yet undiscovered sapient entities) have a natural interest in maximizing their safety, property, and options, and a society with a well-ordered respect for such principles as property, privacy, and self-preservation tends to foster that. Societies that restrict rights too severely tend to starve to death (see Lenin's Soviet Union or Kim's North Korea), and societies which conflate rights so expansively as to pretend that they imply a right to free stuff tend to commit violent suicide (see Marat's France or Bushbamaton's Amerika).
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