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Rights as People

July 8, 2008

Continually I’m shocked and amazed by our politicians and other political ‘leaders’ that continue to trounce upon our rights as individuals that have been layed out and protected by the constitution in order to help ensure that government does not in fact trounce over them. Yet, with the complacency of the American people at rampant levels we see our rights being infriged upon and do little about it. Instead we let corporations and politicians decide what the laws should be irregardless of what they ultimately mean for us as a society. Why do we do that?

Taking a look at the frailty of the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in the Heller case, it’s astonishing to see what so many groups are claiming, such as handgun violence will be increased now. Even at the worst case scenario, is somehow living in a world that restricts our rights in order to be traded for the guise of security a worthy and noble asperation? I would think not. 

Those that oppose gun ownership usually do so out of ignorance. They falsely believe that only criminals have guns, that there are simply no need for guns in a ‘civilized’ society, or that those that carry do so to elevate themselves somehow. I find it somewhat ironic how a criminal, who by definition disregards the laws to serve his or her own purpose, will somehow magically be bound to gun laws as if those laws are somehow superior to the laws they are breaking.

The people of America are letting corporations and politicians run this country. It’s been happening since our inception. What would the government do if we, the people, for which the government is supposed to be subserviant, simply refused to comply with the laws that so obviously intrude upon our rights protected by the constitution? What would we be met with, I guarantee you we’d be met with ‘the full power of the law’; prosecuted for excersing our rights as individuals.

Now surely there is a place and a need for government, but that government should never be an oppressive force. How different are we really from the governments that came before us? And more importantly, where will be headed in the future? Will more and more Americans start standing up for their rights to fight laws that are purely unconstitutional? Will Americans stand up for rights that restrict their civil liberties? I think, in the coming years, Americans will either shape themselves as servants to the government or will start to try and shape the government to be subserviant to the people; that is to say, the middle ground of complacency will not be available any more: conform or reform.

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