The word “right” has been distorted all out of proportion today and is being used by the “champions of social justice” to give the false impression that people are ENTITLED to certain privileges as constitutional “rights”. Let me explain. ATHEISTS claim that there is a “seperation of church and state” and they enjoy a right to “freedom FROM religion”; thus no prayer in public schools, no pledge of allegiance, God’s name is not to be uttered at all, and nothing scriptural can be displayed ANYWHERE in public (especially in or on government property.) The sad truth (for atheists anyway) is that this is a LIE! The First Amendment of our Constitution says “Freedom OF religion”, which means that religion IS protected from government interference. The Judeo-Christian belief system gives all Americans the RIGHT to practice their legitimate faith unhindered from governmental influence. The Supreme Court in 1963 gave Madeline Murray O’Hare her victory on taking prayer out of school, which was based NOT on what the Constitution says but rather on what the majority of that court wanted it to say! Social Justice? It is a privilege in America for atheists, deists, agnostics, or whoever to not practice belief in anything. It is NOT their right, through judicial activism, to take that RIGHT away from the majority!
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The “right” of abortion, granted in 1973, is NOT a right under the Constitution, but once again, the expressed OPINION of a judicial activist court! The “right” to an abortion is nowhere in the Constitution, nor (without taking a Bill Clinton “depends on what the word is, is” approach) can the argument be sustained if taken before a truly UNBIASED, NON-socially active court and ruled on by the facts! In fact, the practice of abortion is in direct confrontation with the supreme laws and rights provided for in the Constitution. According to this document, the three unalienable rights you have in this country are, LIFE, LIBERTY, and the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS! Amazing that LIFE is the first “unalterable” right that a person (an unborn child is a person whether you want to believe it or not) is given in this country, isn’t it? If you want to escape the responsibilty of an unwanted pregnancy, use another excuse besides the Constitution. It doesn’t support murder of the innocent! Social justice?
The argument of ‘equal protection under the law” being thrown around by social activists today and especially the Democrats (who are trying desperately to curry favor with the Hispanic/Latino community and use them to keep themselves in political power) has also distorted what the 14th Amendment says. It is clearly spelled out (unless you’re a socialist active Harvard lawyer) and pertains to either American-born citizens or “Naturalized” citizens, period! In other words, if you come to this country ILLEGALLY, the only right you have is to be deported right away back to your country of residence, PERIOD. If you are here LEGALLY, with a work visa, valid student visa, or the like, then you the privilege of being allowed to follow the spelled-out steps to become a citizen like every other citizen of the world who comes here looking for a better life. The socialist lawyers and judges are the ones who have distorted this privilege into a right, NOT the Constitution! Social justice?
You have the right to vote, as spelled out in the Constitution, legally! The dead and those with stolen social security numbers, fraudulent papers, or no papers at all are NOT given this right! In other words, if you can’t prove who you are, you have no right to vote! Every right in the Constitution has a responsibility attached to it, no matter what your activist lawyer may tell you! It seems that in the last couple of years when the legitimate voters go to the polls and vote on an issue of concern to them, instead of the minority accepting that outcome, they can turn to shyster lawyers and use the judicial system to reverse a majority decision in their favor. These kinds of acts are exactly what the Constitution was intended to prevent; unfortunately, the defenders of said Constitution have grown lazy and complacent. Laws are only words if there is no way to enforce them. Our lawmakers should be forced to write ALL legislation in PLAIN ENGLISH so that there are no exemptions given to the special interests or their campaign donors (or themselves) and the consequences for failing to obey this new law are spelled out!
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“You have a right to a job!” I just love that one, or “you have the right to a comfortable lifestyle!” Redistribution of wealth, anyone? Does the Constitution of the United States give you these rights? Let me think…….NOOOO! You have the privilege of being able, through free public education (for what it’s worth), college, or trade schools, to become whatever you work to be! You have a right to be able to pursue your dreams unhindered by what the government says that you should become. The Constitution does NOT give you the “right” to live off the taxpayers your entire life, nor are government programs rights! They are privileges (much abused by politicians) to help you out, not support you entirely. Again, social justice distorts the truth!
Teachers and other public sector employees do NOT have the right to go on strike. They are given the privilege to air their grievances to the taxpayers who pay their salaries. It is against the law in most states for teachers to go on strike. If only we had some politicians with real backbones to make this abundantly clear to those who do claim striking as a bargaining tool and a “right”! Not on the taxpayers dime! More social justice!
How about Miranda “rights”? A criminal has the “right” to remain silent, and his or her lawyer has the “right” to use the system and any technicality to get you off no matter how heinous the crime. Let’s reverse this for a minute, shall we? To the victims: you have the right NOT to be raped and be mentally and emotionally traumatized. You have the right NOT to be murdered, assaulted,or injured severly by a thug or thugs. You have the right NOT to be robbed, scammed, or taken advantage of by lowlife people. You have the right NOT to be threatened, intimidated, or bullied in your home, at work, in school, or anywhere for that matter. You DO have the right to arm yourself for your own protection, your family, and your community as long as you are of sound mind and have no criminal record of violence.
You DO have the right to expect civility from your neighbors and strangers alike. Lastly, you do have the right to be born! You DO have the right to be proud of your country, your military, and what you have accomplished in your life. You have the right to be whatever you are willing to work at and accept the rewards and consequences that come with your choices. You have the right to leave this country behind if you feel that it no longer offers you your idea of utopia!
The privileges in America are many. The rights in America are few, but nevertheless are precious things that need to be jealously guarded. Learn to tell the difference between what God has given you (those unalienable rights) and what this country has allowed you to have…….and remember said difference. Celebrate what you have this 4th of July in the greatest country the world has EVER seen.
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