Archive for the 'Rights' Category

Striking Out on Our Own

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

Sometimes the people have to strike out on their own. These people are entitled to do so and entitled to say why by both God and nature.

These things are true and plain: God made each of us just as good as the other. He gave us life, freedom and the ability to try to be happy. These gifts should never be stolen. Governments are made to protect these God given gifts for people. These governments get all their power from the people they govern. When a government fails to keep the God given gifts for the people, those people have the right to do away with that failed government, make it better or make a new one that does a better job. This keeps governments from becoming oppressive.

Now doesn’t that make sense?

Gratitude

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Some people go above and beyond what they have to.   We seldom realize the sacrifices that we claim to remember.  We find ourselves unable to pay the debt we owe.

I can’t write a thing that would be good enough.  My freedom and safety exist because people I did not know died protecting them.

Today, I will shed tears for the fallen warriors that protected me.  Tomorrow, I will live in a way that would make those fallen warriors proud.  As they look down on me from heaven, I hope that they can see my appreciation and gratitude.

Voting Machines

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

I have voted via electronic voting machine many times now. It was the easiest and most clear voting that I have ever done.

Apparently some folks aren’t comfortable with these machines. I guess that since the machine won’t let you botch a ballot or hang a chad, it just won’t do.

If these folks want some help figuring it out, they can get it online. Does anyone else see a problem with that? How can someone, who is too daft understand an electronic ballot, navigate the web for help?

The larger question is, “Do we really want anybody who can’t figure out an electronic ballot to vote?”

Presumed Guilt

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Guilt is for the guilty. Way too often, we are judged guilty by association. You see, guilt is leverage. Guilt can persuade. And it doesn’t even have to be true.

In this country our judicial system works off of a presumption of innocence. Funny how other things work off of a presumption of guilt. A presumption of guilt is inconsistent with every idea this country was founded on.

The idea of presumed innocence is tied up in the fact that our Creator blessed us with certain unalienable rights. Through out scripture and philosophy alike, the idea of presumed innocence is integral. Basically nobody should be accused without some evidence. And the burden of proof should always be on the accuser.

There have been things in our history that were inconsistent with the principles on which we were founded. Human slavery did not jive with our core belief that all men are created equal. So we ended it by blood and near self destruction. After this we had to end institutionalized white supremacy. We ended these institutions because they were absolutely inconsistent with our national identity.

Today we have a different yet related problem. We have a problem with presumed guilt. Today because I am a white, Christian, cowboy hat wearing male, I am a presumed racist, homophobic, backward, sexual predator. And the onus is on me to prove that I’m not.

What a load! I won’t take it. That aint my burden.

I am who I am. And if anybody wants to accuse me of any thing, they better be ready to prove it. I am sick and tired of carrying that burden and doing their work for them.

I am white. That doesn’t make me a racist. If anybody thinks being white makes me a racist, then what does that make them? Anybody who wants to call me a bigot better bring the evidence or stay away from me. I have no use for such people.

I am Christian. That means I think we are all sinners, even those who aren’t homosexual. Some of us just decided to do something about our situations by accepting God’s terms and accepting His forgiveness.

I enjoy western style and culture. If anybody thinks that make me backward, then they need to free their shallow little minds. And maybe join the rest of us in the 21st century.

I am a man. If anybody thinks that makes me a predator, then I’m sorry. I’m sorry about their bad experience but I wasn’t involved in it.

Like I said, guilt is for the guilty. The rest of us don’t need the trip!

Cross Posted at Improper Blogs

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006


Lord, bless Israel and the United States as we defend ourselves from those who wish to annihilate us. These enemies do evil in the name of righteousness. Give us strength. Give us courage. Give us victory. Amen.

Independence.

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Men of wealth and good standing put all that they had and all that they were on the line. They instantly became rebels and outlaws. They would surely lose their Lives their Fortunes and their sacred Honor. Nothing was more important than freeing the oppressed.

Today many of our people and many of our leaders don’t have enough brass to follow through on their own promises. This is our shame. How would the signers of this document get along with Dick Durban or Jack Murtha?

De Opresso Liber!

Privacy

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

Fences are taller than they used to be. Most backyards in my town have huge photinias blocking the view. Our houses are larger and we spend more time in them than people used to. People will spend a lot of money to move to a secluded location.

We like to keep to ourselves. We want our privacy. We feel entitled to it. We want our time alone. We want to keep our secrets.

So, is privacy our right? Always? In certain circumstances?

How much privacy can we expect?

Sometimes I think privacy is a commodity. We are definitely willing to pay for it.

Privacy seems to be neither good nor evil. It all comes down to what we do with it.

Sometimes privacy is a right. Sometimes it is an excuse to keep sins from the light of truth. Either way, I am in no hurry to part with mine. Well, at least not all of it.