does no one have your respect until they've earned it, or does everyone have your respect until they've done something to countermand it?
I belive that all human beings, deserve a certain degree of respect. Certain rights as a condition of being born a human being. . . That said I know a handful of people (personally as well as historically) who are not deserving of that respect. Therefore, the only way to reconsile these two diverging beliefs is that some people are not valid human beings, and have forfeited their humanity.