This one is an angelaisms original, born of a quiet moment with my son at a Sonic drive-in:
Rights and responsibilities are inextricably linked; you cannot separate the two. A right that is not exercised responsibly will run amok, eventually trampling upon the rights of others. Meanwhile, trying to live up to a responsibility without the necessary rights is an exercise in futility and frustration. A government that attempts to relieve its citizens of responsibility is not granting them rights — rather, it is disempowering its citizenry by assuming those rights in their stead.