Read your Rights?

We have a tradition at our house. Each year on the 4th of July my wife and I host about 8 friends who, like us, believe in Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. We eat some food, but the most important part of our celebration of the birth of the greatest nation on earth is; we read out loud the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. Sure you can read those sacred documents to yourself, but hearing them read out loud makes them come alive. It sounds like the Founding Fathers really meant business when they set out to try the greatest experiment that had ever been attempted. At that time most of the world was ruled by kings and queens and dictators and despots. Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams et al, felt that a country really could be run by the people. It had never been tried before.

The Constitution which was accepted after a battle against England, at that time the greatest fighting force on earth, was and is a list of enumerated negative rights. It spells out what the U.S. government CANNOT do. It did not specify what the government CAN DO and politicians from the beginning of America to the present day have used that phony concept to pass all kinds of detrimental laws and restrictions against the people.

The people of colonial America were so wary of kings they almost immediately passed ten amendments to the constitution. And those ten became the Bill of Rights. They are explicit and, like the constitution, they are violated by politicians every day. And our so-called Public Servants use them to avoid punishment for their criminal deeds. For instance, number five of the Bill of Rights says that in a capital crime no one shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself. We all know now how the IRS targeted groups which they took it upon themselves to deem unfavorable to our current administration. Two top executives of the IRS “took the fifth” before congress and refused to answer up for their criminal activity.

Consider the second right spelled out in the Bill. “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.” Could anything be more plainly stated as the intent of the Founding Fathers? The right of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. No pussy-footing there. But almost continually groups who want Americans not to have the right to defend themselves are lobbying for more gun controls. Our laws are loaded with gun restrictions. Yet these simple-minded souls seem to think that criminals will throw down their weapons, if we just have just ONE MORE LAW. What nonsense.

Incidentally, sometimes they like to say the word “militia” negates any other provision of the second amendment, so it doesn’t apply to law-abiding citizens. Originally, when the colonial period evolved into the modern era the National Guard was considered as the States’ Militia. If the government decided to sic the Army on a State, the National Guard was supposed to protect the State. So what happened? The government decided to “nationalize” the National Guard so that is why the NG can be used along with regular military in wars around the globe. But it cannot protect the State from the government. And make no mistake about it. The 2nd amendment is not about hunting or target practice or skeet shooting – it was and is a means for the American public to protect itself from our own government which would in a moment disarm law-abiding citizens if we give it the opportunity.

Yesterday a plane crashed at San Francisco and some people were killed and injured. Following the logic of the gun control advocates, the government should ban all airplanes immediately! I think the best analogy I’ve heard about gun control is: The government should cut off my testicles, because the neighbors have too many children. See how absurd they are?

Maybe next 4th of July you should gather and read the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. It is good sometimes, in light of the duplicity of our government, to remind ourselves that we are at least supposed to be free people..

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on and available from . .
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