Sunday, June 05, 2005

You are born with Rights. Government does not give them to you.

This is very important. Have you ever read The Declaration of Independence? It specifically states that Rights are something you are born with, not something the government gives you. People nowadays don't get this simple fact. They think that government grants you Rights. No, you are born with them. Huge difference.

If people keep having the attitude that government grants you Rights, they willingly will turn us into a Police State. I know a lot of people think these are just meaningless words. Far from it. Our Rights were fought for and good people died for them. We must have the same vigilance of our Founding Fathers. I don't want to end up like China or the former Soviet Union. I enjoy my freedom and can't stand to see it getting given away piece by piece.

My friends, we must be vigilant. No compromise. Never trade in your freedom for security.

And once again, here is the Bill of Rights, one of the greatest things written - ever.

Article [I.]

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Article [II.]

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Article [III.]

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Article [IV.]

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Article [V.]

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Article [VI.]

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Article [VII.]

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Article [VIII.]

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Article [IX.]

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Article [X.]

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.


Blogger United We Lay said...

You are absolutely right! I relize that I have sometime said that the government granted me rights, but as you stated, that is incorrect. Thanks for pointing out something very important.

6/05/2005 3:42 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

now if only my generation would sit down and read the damn thing, you would never know this in a classroom. They try and tell you that judges and politicans are all-powerful compared to the average citizen. Biggest misconception of our time.

6/05/2005 7:27 PM  
Blogger United We Lay said...

Again, I completely agree. I teach it to my students. Evryone should have a working knowledge of the MOST IMPORTANT docu.ment we have.

6/06/2005 7:27 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

PC - So cool you teach it to your students. Most teachers don't, and it's really a shame. Probably the main reason we're losing freedom in this country is indifference.

Ben - Yeah, young people nowadays seem to put up with too much. But then again, their parents never bothered to spend time with them so they don't know any better.

6/06/2005 9:19 AM  
Blogger Shawn said...

Right now it's not the young people or the old people giving away our rights, it's all of us in the middle.

How sad is it that a higher percentage of Iraqis voted in their election -- despite violence directed at them, long waits in line and long walks to the polling place -- than Americans voted in the last, or pretty much most, of our elections.

Our rights and personal freedoms are most in danger not from some wild revolution or crazy-eyed revolutionaries, but from us not protecting them from a slow encroachment by the government.

We won't lose our freedoms all at once, it will be a slow process and we'll be to blame...

6/06/2005 10:57 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Shawn - I said this on someone else's blog, forgot whose, but the greatest enemy to our freedom is indifference. And yes, we're all to blame.

6/06/2005 1:16 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

I think Ben made a valid point. Many parents don't take the time to instill values in their kids. They rely on daycare and school to do this.

6/06/2005 1:57 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Way to go, Zombieslayer!

The nature and origin of inherent rights ought to be elucidated at home, in schools and indeed the blogosphere. Knowledge is power.

6/06/2005 5:33 PM  
Blogger Mokuyobi said...

OK I actually didnt read all of it because I have a very short attention span, but there was this movie...what was it called? I think it was just called "Democracy" or something. It was about protesters protesteing at the G8 summit a few years ago who totally got their rights to peacefully assemble ass-fucked, they got pepper sprayed in the face, beat, and they made it temporarily illegal to buy, sell or own a gas mask in Seattle. As much as I like the idea that you are born with rights, after I saw that movie I realized that yeah, you have rights, until you want to actually utilize them against someone who doesn't like it, and then they bend you over and make you take it. Have you guys seen this movie?

6/06/2005 7:21 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Tshsmom - Yes, too many parents are now relying on everyone but themselves to parent their children nowadays.

Robert - Cool, we're in agreement here.

Dusty - One of my friend's sons got a face full of tear gas and he was just going to get coffee. Haven't seen that movie yet, but you just reminded me that my gas mask's filter has expired and I need a new one.

6/06/2005 7:51 PM  
Blogger United We Lay said...

Tshsmom -
As a teacher, I spend way too much time on character education. I know, I know, it's not my place. But if not me, then who?

Robert -
Words and action are power. Knowledge is just knowledge.

6/07/2005 8:32 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

PC - Mrs. Zombieslayer is always complaining that her kids she works with lack character development because of indifferent or fighting parents. She too spends too much of her work time on character development instead of what she wants to accomplish at work.

6/07/2005 9:13 PM  
Blogger United We Lay said...

Wouldn't it be great o be able to just teach?

6/08/2005 6:25 PM  
Blogger United We Lay said...

You guys need to go to this site: and help me out.

6/09/2005 9:01 AM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

I did battle with him and his little friend logicmonkey a few weeks ago when LM was attacking everybody on GWB's blog.
Fortunately Sam is a better human being than his venom spewing pal.

6/09/2005 5:12 PM  
Blogger savage said...

As ZS already knows, I'm interessted in my right to keep and arm bears. This is very important to me. A well regulated militia of wildlife is important to keeping open spaces open.
for Ben:
Why are judges put on such a high pedistal -- aren't politicians considered crooks and phoneys and aren't lawyers considered to be double-talking assholes who earn alot of money at other people's expense?
So then judges, generally both politicians and lawyers, must be really swell people, right?

6/21/2005 8:13 AM  
Blogger savage said...

(Yeah, that's stolen from Vincent Bugliosi, sorry, Vince)

6/21/2005 8:20 AM  

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