Friday, November 14, 2008

Some interesting perspective

Some friends of mine posted this in a discussion list I read, and I think it brings some simple truths to light. Now, to be fair, I don't necessarily agree with some of the name calling in the preamble, but there's a lot of wisdom here and if everyone would heed it (and not run behind their "blanket of offendedness", we all might learn a little and maybe turn our country back from our current course of handouts, both personal and corporate.

"We, the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help
everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid any more riots,
keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of
debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren,
hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense
guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt-ridden, deluded, and other
liberal Bed-wetters. We hold these truths to be self-evident: that a whole
lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim that they
require a Bill of No Rights."


You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV or any other form of

wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is

guaranteeing anything.


You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on

freedom, and that means freedom for everyone - not just you! You may leave

the room, change the channel, express a different opinion, etc., but the

world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.


You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver

in your eye, learn to be more careful, do not expect the tool manufacturer

to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.


You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most

charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we

are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of

professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of

another generation of professional couch potatoes.


You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from

the looks of public housing, we're just not interested in public health



You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap,

rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don't be surprised if the rest of

us want to see you fry in the electric chair.


You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat or

coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don't be surprised if

the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still

won't have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure.


You don't have the right to demand that our children risk their lives in

foreign wars to soothe your aching conscience. We hate oppressive

governments and won't lift a finger to stop you from going to fight if you'd

like. However, we do not enjoy parenting the entire world and do not want to

spend so much of our time battling each and every little tyrant with a

military uniform and a funny hat.


You don't have the right to a job. All of us sure want all of you to have

one, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take

advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid

before you to make yourself useful.


You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you

have the right to pursue happiness - which, by the way, is a lot easier if

you are unencumbered by an overabundance of idiotic laws created by those of

you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.