Bill of Rights

What does a Mosque and gun rights have in common?

On CNN’s State of the Union, Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler said “We do not put the Bill of Rights…to a vote” while talking about Cordoba House, the propose Mosque that’s set to go two blocks from Ground Zero. As someone who doesn’t get worked up about what goes in two blocks from Ground Zero, I can applaud his position. It’s just to bad that so many don’t see the irony when it comes to gun rights.

Nadler is correct, we don’t put the Bill of Rights up for a vote. The Bill of Rights is set up as a hard and fast bulkhead against incursion into our civil liberties. We don’t put them up for a vote because they’re natural rights, rights that can’t be dissolved or taken away since they come from the very nature of our birth. And yet, many progressives would argue that the majority has a right to decide issues of firearm ownership.

Our right to keep and bear arms is so fundamental, that it was laid out in it’s own Amendment, rather than the mishmash of rights that make up our First Amendment. Many of our Founders believed that it was essential to protect this nation. Not only were our founders terrified of standing armies, and felt that the people would form militias in times of war, but they also believed that man had a God given right to overthrow a tyrannical regime should it take hold in this country. To that end, the believed we have a right to possess arms of a military nature so as to meet that end.

Many progressives would argue that modern weapons are far to dangerous and that they lead to crime. They believe that the people of a community have a right to restrict ownership of weapons, and the Supreme Court didn’t exactly argue with this in it’s Heller or McDonald decisions either. However, I personally do.

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Happy Bill of Rights Day

It’s Bill of Rights Day. A day for us to commemorate the document that secured and protected our basic liberties and natural rights against intrusion from the federal government.

You see, our Founding Fathers believed that rights did not come from government. Each of us, as sovereign individuals, are born free, or as Thomas Jefferson so eloquently wrote, “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Over time, the Congress, presidents and the Supreme Court have slowly deconstructed the Bill of Rights and Constitution. As Tim Lynch explains in detail over at Cato @ Liberty, each of the ten amendments that make of the Bill of Rights, save the Third Amendment, has been trampled over.

Sadly, this is how both the left and the right view our protected liberties:

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Constitution Day

“The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed and that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of press.” - Thomas Jefferson

United States ConstitutionToday is Constitution Day. I suppose I should wish you a “Happy Constitution Day,” but there is nothing to really be thrilled about the current state of our government and our constitutionally-protected liberties.

Fair Weather Patriots

Patrick J. Deneen at the American Conservative magazine has an article on the resurgent patriotism among the American Left, a quality largely absent on their side since the Vietnam war:

On Voting for the Lesser of Evils

As election day is dawning upon us, emotions are running high, particularly among those entrapped in the major political party of their choice, urging those of us who cannot abide either of the major party nominees to pick the “lesser of evils”.  The reason given depends on which side of the divide from which it comes.  I’ve been hearing, or expect to hear, from my Obama-supporting friends, “You MUST vote for Obama, because we cannot have eight more years of Bush”.

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