Sunday, August 18, 2013
Political Reality 101
The world did not begin on the day of your birth.
Simply being born does not entitle you to anything more than your inalienable Natural Rights.
That's it. Inalienable Natural Rights. Mister Jefferson articulated the concept as "Rightful Liberty".
In America, a group of pretty sharp guys proposed a system of governance designed - for the first time in Human history - to protect the Natural Rights of the individual, particularly against the heavy hand of Government. This happened a few hundred years ago. Other men of that time put their heads together and agreed with the proposal, and by a very large margin of support, this became the law of the land. It was ratified because people thought it was a good idea - no one had a gun to their head. The people in the states could have simply voted "No" if they didn't want it.
The system of governance, called republicanism, is supposed to be implemented through our Constitution. Our Constitution, as ratified and intended, does not provide any mechanism for "The Federal Government" to put their hands upon any Citizen, except in a very select set of circumstances for enumerated crimes. It is only through perversion of the Constitution that abuses of Natural Rights occur.
Over the years Bad People have corrupted the system, as we were warned they would do, for in every age of Man there will be those who mean to be Masters. You were never promised a rose garden, and you were never guaranteed a life in which Bad People would not try to do Bad Things to you. If you were promised a rose garden or a life free of the schemes of evil men, you need to find that person and bitchslap him. He lied to you.
I say this as kindly and gently as I am able: You are not special. You do not have any right to change the system in place at the time you popped out of mommy, simply because you were born. Get over yourself. If you have beef with the system you were born into, first slap your parents for choosing this place to be your home.
If you want to change the system of governance into which you were born, feel free to work on it. If you think there is a better way, show us. If you think you can write a document that is "self-enforcing", please, write it and put it forward for consideration. Here's the funny thing about ideas - good ones get support from many people. Bad ideas die on the vine. So, if you can do better than what we have, put it out there and see who salutes.
If you were born into a system that you think is inherently and deliberately evil, please never forget that you always have at least three options open to you: (1) You can try to change it. (2) You can leave (I hear Belize is sweeeeeeet!) Or, (3) you can eat a bullet. (If you truly believe our Constitution is inherently evil, put forth and ratified by evil men as some grand scheme to enslave you, please choose option three - and use enough gun.)
You do not have the Right to demand anything more than your Natural Rights. You do not have the Right to unilaterally interfere with the way other people voluntarily choose to live - even if those people choose to abide the words on a piece of parchment written a few hundred years ago by a group of white guys you do not respect.
To be blunt, that's your problem. To be even more blunt, you're simply not that special, no matter what mommy told you. The universe does NOT rotate around you. You are entitled to your Natural Rights - nothing more.
Once in a while Concerned American puts up a quote that I think is balls-on accurate, and I'll paraphrase: Evil prevails because good men do not kill the bad men who are doing evil.
It is that simple. Full Stop. Take out the garbage and the room will no longer stink. Think for just a few moments about how many Bad People would need to be smacked in the teeth before Team Tyrant backed the truck up.
I do not care what system is in place - if good people permit bad people to operate without penalty for their behavior, the system will not work. It doesn't matter if that system is banking, or the US Constitution, or the Holy Bible. Bad People must be corrected by Good People. And to bring Mr. Cooper into the discussion, via some really generous paraphrasing: Bad men may not be receptive to reason and debate. But they sure as hell can be sorted out by good men with rifles.
Help fix what is broken. Develop a better system. Leave. Or STFU.
That's a pretty darned reasonable set of options - and none of them violate your Rightful Liberty.
Posted by K at 11:15 PM