Originally posted here.
There seems to be a lot of chatter recently about “rights”. The Establishment Left, an odious creature, creates rights out of whole cloth, based on legislative ideas that have been pet projects of the Socialist World Controllers for centuries. A “right to health care” is one of the latest shibboleths of the Establishment Left – seen in its push for ‘Obamacare’. Naturally, the Establishment Left got snookered by big corporate, as themain architect of the legislation was a big shot from Big Insurance / Big Bank. They never seem to learn that their ‘egalitarian’ movement got co-opted during the Roosevelt administration.
Now, because of the recent reports of ‘gun violence’ (rhetorical framing intended to stifle debate) the Establishment Left has been pushing the theme of limiting rights, namely the second amendment. After pushing the idea of a dubious ‘right’, it feels now that protection is a right that can be altered, changed, abolished and / or regulated. As usual, they miss the fact that it is a central tenet of freedom, the ability to protect your private property. For if you cannot protect it, someday it may not be yours. The President of the US could make an edict tomorrow limiting or abolishing guns – it would be for nought. This is a natural right – the framers put it there at the last minute, they figured it was ridiculous to even put such material in print it was so obvious. One does not have his rights because of any gov’t edict – including the Bill of Rights. A person has them because he is a person.
They can get away with such a thing ONLY because of the lifeless husk that is the American Public Education system. Stating that one of the inalienable rights can be toyed with is pure folly. The Bill of Rights are the rights that are inherent in human souls, the things that are non-negotiable. These are the true human and natural rights of people. Only the most simpering toady or the the scraping sycophant would think to limit basic rights. Despite ones opinion on guns, it is not only dangerous, but wrong to try to limit a person self protection of his or her property. I may not like things people say, but we see only cursory (and clumsy) ‘free speech zones’ intended to curtail free speech. Political correctness was a spectacular attempt to limit free speech. It has worked, to a point, but I think it’s fading. The ease with which these people seek to deny certain natural rights – but only the ones they personally don’t like – is sad, strange and infuriating. Why do people advocate for serfdom?
The previous generation would have scoffed at such a thing. First of all, access to guns was easy – often through Sears catalogues and the like. This made the specter of ‘guns!’ a non issue. American children grew up with them, and they had hours in school teaching them about individual freedom, independent thought and classical education. Much of this is gone now. The Public Education system teaches little more than politically correct sound bites, obedience to authority, and empty sloganeering. This toxic mix makes it necessary to start from the beginning. Let’s begin with the Declaration of Independence. This is the 2nd paragraph. Notice what it says about rights. Analysis of this document should be the focus of the first week of U.S. History and Government class. It’s doubtful the average American has read it. Read it closely and slowly.
“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.”