It seems that much political debate centers around what type of rights should be protected. There are two types of rights: negative and positive.
Most supporters of "big government"(they often don't believe they are, and who am I to say otherwise?) believe that people have positive rights. Most supporters of "small government"(if positive rights exist, then supporters of small government-libertarians, "tea party" types, Constitutionalists, etc.-may actually be supporters of tyranny) like the concept of negative rights.
Positive rights require the action of others. Negative rights require that others not act against you.
A negative right to life requires that others not kill you. A positive right to life requires that one needing a lung transplant to live be given a lung transplant, regardless of his ability to pay for it, the willingness of another to provide him with it, etc.
Should a restaurant be forced to serve, say, people with dark skin? Does the owner of a business have a right to decide how to run his business, or does a member of a protected class have a right to the service of others?
Negative rights do not violate the negative rights of others; however, positive rights can conflict.
What type of rights do we have? What are they?