There doesn’t seem to be a day that goes by anymore where somebody is not making a case to take away the rights and liberties of the people.  From attacking the 2nd Amendment to tell people how big of a drink they can buy,  somebody always thinks they know what is best for everyone and somehow always with a majority of support.

So if the majority of people agree then why not?  People don’t need guns to protect themselves, that is what the police are for.  People are getting fat, sorry I meant horizontally challenged, so they don’t need to drink that big gulp.  We are only thinking of their health. Smokers need to quit, it will cause them cancer. etc etc etc…  There is always something the majority wants to limit, control, takeaway, etc. for the greater good.  In the end they are simply an attack on the American people to gain control and power.

There are many reasons why those in the majority should be concerned about attacking anyone’s rights.  Before I get to that list, I want to present a context for the line between what is a right and what becomes an infringement of others rights.  I look to the Declaration of Independence :

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. “

 We also have some clear words form one of our Founders:

“It is to secure our rights that we resort to government at all.” ~ Thomas Jefferson to Francois D’Ivernois, 1795

So one can conclude that we have the rights to live, be free, and pursue what makes us happy and that the purpose of government is to protect that.  That means we should be left to our own devices as long as we are not directly interfering with the rights of others and that governments role is to prevent the interference of those rights.  With this in mind, it provides us with a solid ground on which to base out rights and  where government is responsible.

So with that context in mind, here are some reasons why you should stand up and fight for them:

  • Sooner or later the majority will get you too.  We all have our bad habits and reasons for the choice we make.  A lot of times there is a reason why we do thing for ourselves that most others disagree with.  What are you going to think when your personal choices are in the majority’s target
  • Personal choices are just that, PERSONAL.  We have our reasons for the decisions we make.  Each individual has there own priorities.  Who’s business is it to tell you no and what your priorities are.
  • For the good of the people is just a smokescreen.  I got news for everyone, Politicians Lie.  What you can count on is getting a specifically skewed presentation of the fact to make you want to believe what they want which is more control of the people.  Do you really think they care that you can’t find a job?  No, but its a good way to convince you to blame rich people and attack.
  • If you can’t trust people to make good decisions for themselves, how can you trust the politicians to make them for everyone.  Does this really need explaining?  The politician, they don’t care about what is best for you, only their personal benefit and power.
  • Many evils have been done in the name of the majority.  Hitler was elected.  Slavery and segregation were supported.  We put the American citizens into camps because they were of Japanese heritage…The list goes on of how well majority rule works…
  • An attack on one liberty is an attack on them all.  Once that line gets crossed or moved, it keeps moving until nothing is left.   Just look back through history and you can see once we started limiting rights, it became more controlling and spread.  We are heading toward the cliff of slavery and we are being swept along by the majority.
  • The government’s primary job is to protect our rights, not make us slaves.  That is why the government was setup into the three branches with clearly defined and limited powers and then amended with the Bill of Rights.  Remember that is says to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity as to why the Constitution was written in the first place.
  • To trample the rights of the minority is oppression.  How did that work out for the slaves and Japanese.

We can probably go on forever why the majority rule, might makes right, mentality and attacking our rights and liberties is a bad thing for everyone.  Our Constitution was written to protect us from the Tyranny of majority rule.  The government was designed to keep control of itself  by being self restraining within the branches.  This meant a protection of our rights.  Now that party politics have trumped the Constitution, it seems like our rights are under constant attack.  “We The People” need to stand up for each other and protect all of our rights in-spite of our individual opinions. & beliefs.  Remember protecting other rights is also protect our own.

Sources:

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html

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