Originally posted by GuyverUnit I
This thread is a fallacy.
Our rights as American citizens are INNUMERABLE.
The Ninth Amendment- The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the
Thus it is true that though a right of the people may not be enumerated in the Constitution, it still exists as a right not to be infringed upon.
If the citizenry of the U.S.A. feel a right is being infringed upon by their government, whether specified in any document or not... then IT IS!
Actually the thread is not, so please take some time to read through and see the argument being made.
Secondly, I will point out that even in your response, you are only looking at one level of government -0 The Federal.
As I have stated time and time again, we dont have on government. We have a Federal Government, State government and local governments.
Anytime something is done, even within a state, people throw a fit and start saying the government took away theirconstitutional rights.
My question was, and still is - how and which ones?
People have said freedom of speech, yet here they are, on this site, telling us their opinion and not holding back against the government. So
apprently they didnt lose their 1st amendment - speech.
People say right to protest - Yet there they are, all over the country, protesting. People calim the police deploy pepper spray to put down the
protests. Again, people see only what they want. Using New York as an example, since a few others brought it up, they claim the protesters who were
pepper sprayed were being denied their right to protest - Yet there they are, still in numbers, in the same place, protesting.
People have a singular view on what they think they have a right to do and how it actually works.
Notice not one person who claims the government took their rights away will state that their actions actually infringe on the rights of the people who
dont share their view.
People think they can close down a public street, and any attempt to stop them is the government taking a right away. They ignore the fact that when
they shut down a poublic right away for protests, those individuals are actually taking the right of free assembly and movement away from the people
who arent protesting.
So is the government taking away rights that people are still clearely exercising? Nope
People have not idea what their rights are, or how the government works. Any action taken against them that they dont understand, is perceived as
illegal and having a right taken away.
They refuse to see the possibility that the police are protecting the rights of the people who arent protesting. Those rights are being infringed on
by the protesters, not the police.
If people dont wake up and learn how their government works, at all levels, then yes, we will lose all we have. When people protest something and they
arent knowledgable about it, then what exactly are they fixing?
You cant fix something when you dont know how it works.