This is the third post in a series that hopefully will show that sticking our collective heads in the sand is not conducive for not only our health, but the health of our country.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” – Declaration of Independence
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – Amendment I, Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” – Amendment II, Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution
It would seem that the above passages from the Declaration of Independence and Amendments to the Constitution are pretty clear, wouldn’t you think? But would it surprise you to find out (if you haven’t already suspected) that all of your rights are under attack?
Let’s take this quote from Dr. Benjamin Carson’s speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast:
“And, you know, what we need to do — what we need to do in this pc world is forget about unanimity of speech and unanimity of thought, and we need to concentrate on being respectful to those people with whom we disagree.
And that’s when I believe we begin to make progress. and one last thing about political correctness, which I think is a horrible thing, by the way. I’m very, very come — compassionate, and I’m not never out to offend anyone. But pc is dangerous. Because, you see, this country one of the founding principles was freedom of thought and freedom of expression. and it muffles people. It puts a muzzle on them. And at the same time, keeps people from discussing important issues while the fabric of this society is being changed. And we cannot fall for that trick. And what we need to do is start talking about things, talking about things that are important.”
I agree with Dr. Carson – political correctness does put a muzzle on issues that need to be discussed. But what does political correctness have with our rights?
The answer – Everything from self-expression to what a person can believe or do, up to and including defending ourselves.
For instance, if a pastor expresses the viewpoint that he believes that homosexuality is sinful in the eyes of God, then he can be charged with a hate speech crime. If an employer hires a person that is white person instead of a black person (even if the white person is better suited for the position), then they may face discrimination charges on the State and Federal levels. These are but two examples of legislated political correctness.
Now I fully understand that one just cannot run around yelling anything they want – that is not socially acceptable nor polite. But I would like to challenge the readership of this post to stop and think of the things that they would like to say in public but cannot because of political correctness.
We should also be able to state our disagreement with the Government and/or the Administration. But almost any dissent is immediately challenged on an emotional level by the Administration and their proxy, the Mainstream Media. And this is surprising given one of the leading Democrats stated:
“We need to stand up and say we’re Americans, and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration.” – Hillary Clinton
Instead, We the People are accused and vilified with being racist and spouting hate speech for disagreeing with any popular or political policy. Often, we are either silenced or forced to defend ourselves from said accusations instead of working on the problem at hand.
Last, as a footnote, organizers of protests, marches, and/or parades in most cases must apply for and have approved a permit to conduct a public assembly of people on public property.
Thus, our First Amendment Rights are being infringed upon by the very same leaders that we elected to those offices to defend our rights! Which leads to our Second Amendment Rights being violated time and again.
Reread the above passage from the Declaration of Independence, and while you are at it, read the entire document that can be found here. Where does it say that Government rules over the people and provides them happiness? NO! Government is to be ruled by the People!
Let’s take a trip back to 1776. The weapon of the day was the flintlock musket. Both the American colonists and the British Army had these weapons, so the firepower was equal. The problem is that the British wanted to (among other things) confiscate these weapons, which were used by the colonists for self-defense and hunting with some recreation on the side.
Fast forward to 2013. The government has tanks, cannons, atomic weapons, missiles, and so on. The American public – nothing near the firepower. And the politicians (again, our non-representational representatives) would like to disarm the American public even further than they are now. What is that, you ask?
By law, the American public cannot own a fully automatic machine gun unless background checks are made and licenses are issued. Forget about owning a fully functioning howitzer, or a tank with a main gun that works, or a fully-armed jet fighter or attack helecopter. The government has no problems with winning an arms-race with the public. But that does not stop the politicians from going further, and injuring the ones that they are supposedly “protecting.”
For an example, the Gun Control Act of 1968 removed inexpensive, imported firearms from the market. For the lower-income citizenry, this effectively disarmed them from even being able to afford a means of self-defense. As gun control advocate Robert Sherrill stated in his book The Saturday Night Special, “The Gun Control Act of 1968 was passed not to control guns but to control blacks.”
“…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms” is pretty clear. Any form of gun control is in effect a gun ban & the intended result is disarming the law-abiding American public. Criminals, on the other hand, have no problems violating laws. This is what gun control laws do – disarm the public.
Now I fully understand the issues of gun-related violence. The tragedy at Sandy Hook is heart wrenching, but we must realize, really accept, that the act was committed by a person who did not care about the laws being violated nor about the lives he took. The politically correct view of the act is that the guns, not the person, is to blame (or at least had a contributing factor in the person’s actions). But regardless of the facts, the politicians are using this incident as another reason to deprive the American Public of even more rights.
Thomas Jefferson wrote:
“Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1) Those who fear and distrust the people . . . . 2) Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe . . . depository of the public interest.”
In general, our politicians do not trust the American public, nor do they want to. The American people are a means to and end, which is to be elected to a position of power. And these are the people that swore upon their honor to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States.
“The more shots that are called from Washington, the fewer options we the people have in our own lives.” – Bill O’Reilly, Pinheads and Patriots
In an earlier post in this series, I stated that “Self-reliance and personal responsibility are two of the most important attributes one can possess in this life.” If our elected officials have their way, then that thinking will go the way of the dodo.
Cross-posted to Wise Conservatism