Originally posted by projectvxn
I hate it when people put the word Rights in quotation marks as if those rights were meaningless.
One thing that seperates, at least many of the American people, from the rest of the world is our hunger for true freedoms and our rights.
I do not accept the notion that rights are an illusion by government.
I think the American Experiment proved that central economic planning doesn't work. The whole world is broke and it is broke be cause men of ill
repute think they can control math and nature, which is why I believe in free market(true FM not this fascist soup we've got going on
As a fellow American, I felt I had to comment on two of the points you mentioned.
On "our hunger for true freedoms and our rights;" this is a very interesting turn of phrase. I have often wondered, even as a child, how we
Americans can claim that we live in a free and democratic society when the bulk of our daily experience is spent in environments that are anything but
free and democratic.
The three venues where most of our time is spent are home, school, and work.
At home, as children, we are at the autocratic mercy of our parents, who rationalize their despotism on several seemingly valid levels: they are
providing us room and board, they brought us into this world and should be respected as our originators (elders), they are responsible for our actions
in the larger world and their reputations and standing as social beings are at risk by our public countenance and actions. But other than taking an
opportunity to learn and regurgitate colloquial rhetoric, where do children get to learn about or experience freedom? As my own father often said,
"this family isn't a democracy, so get up and do what I told you to do!"
At school, the suppression of the individual for the good of the collective is the single most important rule that we are expected to follow, even
though it does not appear in any student guide or rule book as such. Even the act of going to school itself, being compulsory and carrying definite
penalties if one fails to obey and follow the custom, reeks of totalitarian tyranny and is justified by the same sentiment of what is good for the
collective society is what is best for each individual within it. The curriculum itself is typically the result of an exercise in central planning,
where the selected representatives of corporate entities decide, committee-style, what will be taught, what will be ignored, and how that subset of
reality will be presented. Certainly this is the experience of most Americans ever since the federal government took over with the creation of the
Department of Education. And of course, proving the rule, the quality and results of the educational process have suffered measurable setbacks ever
Which leaves us the final venue, our place of employment. Is there any American here who can honestly claim that their workplace embodies any of the
noble aspects we Americans claim as our birthright? Does anyone work in a place where they have the right to liberty, to free speech, to disagree
with faulty procedures and implement their own solutions, or better yet, any influence on the process of who becomes their superior? Even the
terminology is tyrannical: how is it that a mid-level manager is the "superior" of those who work "beneath" him or her?
So there are the places where we spend most of our waking moments here in America: home, school, and work, and there isn't a shred of freedom or
democracy or a validation of our individual rights to be found anywhere in any of them. Which leaves us hungering, all right. And yet if you ask any
of us, we will without thinking say that we live in the society that enjoys the most freedoms anywhere in the world! We are so free that if any of us
were ever confronted by a situation in which freedom was the appropriate reaction, we would probably back away, embarrassed by our lack of experience
in knowing exactly what to do. Luckily, the chance of this ever happening is pretty damn small, so we are safe.
Are we even free politically? The results of the last 40 years of political reality make the answer to that question so painfully obvious that I'll
let it stand unanswered.
And then we come to our rights, naturally, those self-evident universal inalienable rights that Jefferson and others tried to use as a foundation for
the governed to be able to choose the nature of the government that was to serve them. Those rights are not granted by, but rather are enumerated so
as to be protected by the Bill of Rights in our Constitution.
When the States lost their sovereignty to international bankruptcy because the Civil War failed to produce payment for the debts the nation had
incurred even before the Constitution was signed, and a replacement was needed for the failed national republic, a corporation was instituted to take
its place. Commercial law, as expressed in the internationally conceived and accepted Uniform Commercial Code, became the highest law of the land and
all three branches of the former republic's government were refurbished to conform with corporate regulations stated within it. thus the properly
ratified 13th amendment barring those possessing titles of nobility from taking part in government was scratched and the new 13th amendment, making
slavery illegal, was put into its place. The 14th amendment, creating a new class of citizen that was in fact owned by the new corporate government
was passed without the ratification of the states and was the mechanism that allowed the new corporate government to rule.
Under this new rubric, the Supreme Court tasked the Congress with the job of harmonizing the Bill of Rights with the UCC and the new government. To
my knowledge, this has never even been attempted, leaving us with an assumption of rights that are enumerated in a document that is no longer valid,
rights we assume we have until a criminal or civil trial or even a traffic stop proves to us that we are mistaken.
Indeed we are hungry for freedom and rights, as none of us have, in our lifetime, experienced either of these essential aspects of American life.