Friday, November 19, 2010

Kissing Our Rights Goodbye

Apparently, the Bill of Rights means absolutely nothing to the U.S. Federal Government. And I doubt anybody reading this is shocked by that statement.

Conditioned to the creeping infringement on our liberties, we’ve become complacent to one constitutional amendment after another being altered, edited and spat upon. It’s no wonder then that our elected so-called representatives – like Democrat Charlie Rangel and his crocodile tears – think themselves above the law…

They’ve made themselves above the law for some time now.

And worst yet, these people are elected and re-elected and re-elected while they put themselves above their constituents, above the law and above common sense over and over and over again.

The people who do this? That’d be people like my co-worker, who sits next to me and is so fond of his opinion that he once argued that it was OK for Protestants under Queen Elizabeth to turn around and persecute the Catholics because the Catholics had persecuted the Protestants first.

Yup, great reason to go around ripping people’s ligaments off of their bones and bones from their sockets on such revolting torture devices like the rack. Then again, this is the same person who will argue that the government is spending far too much and destroying the country in one breath… and then mock Fox News the next minute.

Do these people even hear themselves when they speak?

I think they do… but only the pretty sounds of their inflections. No wonder government researchers just found that 20% of U.S. adults have some form of mental illness… we keep voting them in!

There Are Other Solutions than a Nanny State Government

We keep voting them in and they keep treating us like dirt.

Like how they spend our hard-earned money to bail out the unions for an automobile company that more than likely hasn’t learned any real lessons from the mistakes of its past. Spoiled brats usually don’t learn anything if Daddy keeps posting their bail.

Meanwhile, the government bullies other businesses into costly procedures that will only reflect in customer prices in the end. Take the new healthcare law that demands restaurants post calorie counts on their menus next year.

If that sounds like a good idea, think again. Do you really believe people will change their eating habits if they see how unhealthy things are? Maybe we should ask first if anybody in this nation honestly believes that a Big Mac is healthy? And yet Americans consume them in large quantities every day.

Personally, I know very well how many calories are in the Cheesecake Factory Adam’s Peanut Butter Fudge Ripple cheesecake… and ya know what? I still treat myself to it occasionally. Do you know how I found out? I looked it up online. There are plenty of non-government sanctioned websites for you to find out just about every calorie count under the sun.

I could be wrong about this, but right now, I think this latest infringement on our private sector is only going to hurt businesses even more and accomplish no lasting, positive affects on our population in the meantime… just like so many other government programs have done in the past.

Worse Off than We May Think

Or how about the government-sanctioned TSA sexually assaulting us at the airports? The continuing tales coming out of airport security lines sound more like Nazi concentration camps than “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

I understand that comparison is used on too many situations, but after reading the above linked-to story, that was the first thing that came to my mind.

Oh, and speaking of concentration camps, a Chinese woman was just sentenced to a year in a hard labor camp for a tweet she made, admittedly one seeming to advocate violence.

Why do I bring this up in a rant against the U.S. government and its zombie supporters? Because as a nation, we’re a lot closer to that than too many people realize…

The Senate just passed the first stage in promoting a bill that allows the federal government to shut down websites with only a court order if it deems copyright infringement is “central to the activity” of the site.

Note how the bill doesn’t state that copyright infringement is blatantly apparent. That’s an important distinction, and one I fear will be used inappropriately if this bill – the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) – passes.

As wired.com reports:

“Many people opposed to the bill agree in principle with its aims: Illegal music piracy is, well, illegal, and should be stopped. Musicians, artists and content creators should be compensated for their work. But the law’s critics do not believe do not believe that giving the federal government the right to shut down websites at will based upon a vague and arbitrary standard of evidence, even if no law-breaking has been proved, is a particularly good idea.”

If that passes, we can kiss another chunk of our rights goodbye.

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