Friday, February 17, 2012

Freedom and Liberty? What are those?

            The original framers of the U. S. Constitution could never have guessed at some of the issues the American people struggle with today. How could they ever have foreseen a time when the people would be forced by their elected officials to do things that violate their personal rights? Think about these issues:

·         Do you have the right to pack a lunch for your child to take to public school, secure in the knowledge that he will be allowed to eat it?

Believe it or not, the government can take away your child’s homemade lunch and force him/her to purchase a “nutritious” school lunch.

·         Do you have the right to choose whether or not to vaccinate your child?

In some parts of the country, you can claim a violation of your religious beliefs to avoid vaccinating your child, but you can’t abstain because you believe that there is not enough scientific proof that the vaccinations aren’t harmful to your child. In California, your child will be immunized without your consent.

·         Do you have the right to keep the money that you earn, even if you make more than others?

Income taxes are inherently unequal. The more you earn, the higher percentage of your earnings are paid as taxes. (Don’t try to talk to me about Warren Buffet – he doesn’t have income!!)

·         If you are an American citizen on American soil, what happens if you’re suspected of being a terrorist?

An American citizen can be held on “terrorism” charges and detained indefinitely without due process of law.

·         Does a business owner have the right to follow his/her religious convictions where government-mandated health insurance is concerned?

If a business, such as a church, holds a religious conviction that birth control products are wrong, it still has to provide them to their employees.  Oh, wait. That policy was updated yesterday. Now such businesses don’t have to pay for those benefits, but the insurance company has to provide them to the employees anyway. That’s much better. I’m sure religious organizations are grateful to President Obama for this change.

           I believe that, even though the founding fathers couldn’t have foreseen these specific infringements on our personal liberty, they have provided us with a means of correcting them. We may have temporarily lost our protection against unreasonable search and seizure, our right to a speedy trial, and our freedom of religion, but our court system is based on a Constitution that forbids the government from taking these rights from us. These issues will eventually be addressed. In the meantime, we have to use the other avenue the founding fathers left us – we have to vote for politicians who really will protect and defend the Constitution of the United States!

Would I make up a story about the government taking away a child's homemade lunch? I might, but unfortunately I don't have to.

Think your child won't be given vaccinations without your approval? Think again! http://bound4life.com/blog/2011/09/08/california-quietly-passes-law-to-allow-coerced-vaccinations-removing-parental-rights

Requiring birth control coverage for nuns? Good plan.  http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2012/feb/10/health-care-law-catholics-birth-control/

Our bill of rights: http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/billofrights

Freedom and liberty bumper stickers: http://www.zazzle.com/freedom_and_liberty_extremist_ideas_since_1776_bumper_sticker-128442018166590726

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