posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 03:57 PM
My 10 year old nephew sheepishly approached me this afternoon after returning from his school day with what he deemed a "Bad grade". "Hand it over
I told him." As I poured through the pages of his schoolwork I saw one 100, a 96, another few hundreds and sure enough at the rear of this very
impressive folder of his past weeks work was an 86. Could this be the grade that had him so distraught?. I chuckled and told him that an 86 was quite
acceptable and I was very proud of his past weeks accomplishments and keep up the good work. Kids...
My wife took a bit closer look at his folder, in particular the subject matter and asked me to do the same and see if I honed in on any particular
assignment. As I skimmed through the pages I came across a paper I helped him with on flower reproduction, something else on turkeys and then there it
was "You have Rights" by Phyllis Naegeli. I quickly looked through it and breathed a sigh of relief. Amendment 2 grants the right of the people to
bear arms. There is hope for our youth yet I thought to myself.
Hoping to find other pearls of truth I read on. Loose definitions of the amendments but accurate, so far so good. Then I came to the final Paragraph
and Blam - there it was - "Rights are special Privileges the government gives you." I had a brief moment of silence and then decided to bring this
to your attention. Although it is no surprise as to what untruths are being taught in our schools about our rights and freedoms, it is one thing to
know it in the back of your mind, it is entirely another to have it glaring off the page in your face.
I fear that with the level of misinformation our children are being fed in our schools about the founding fathers and the idea that government
provides all that we are drawing dangerously close to the abolition of any generation that truly understands freedom and what our founders envisioned
for this great country of ours of which we are falling drastically short.
So now what. Do you tell a 10 year old that what he is learning is patently false and have him dispute it in school where some of the worst ridicule
comes from the very persons pushing the untruths, or do you just let it go and risk our last hope of informing a generation that could ignite the
torch of freedom once more through an accurate depiction of our nations history.
John Adams, "You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments: rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived
from the Great Legislator of the universe."
Frederick Bastiat, "Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and
property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place."
Justice William J. Brennan, "The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to "create" rights. Rather they designed the Bill of Rights to
prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting."
Benjamin Franklin, "Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature."
I guess these guys ought to know what was intended with our rights they wrote the thing to begin with. It amuses me when man attempts to interpret the
Constitution, Bill of rights in todays terms with absolutely no knowledge of the quotes from the men who wrote them, who made it quite clear exactly
what was meant by them, funny how that is never taken into consideration.
A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.
Could it be any clearer.
So this is my quandary . Do I leave my nephew with the false knowledge of his Government as some great nanny that provides all or do I sit down and
share with him what I know to be the truth as made obvious by our founders and keep alight the torch of liberty in the generations to come?