Rights v. Power


Recently the USSC ruled the gun restrictions in DC were unconstitutional.  The 2nd Amendment stating it so makes it unconstitutional for a Government to outlaw or ban the ownership of arms.

The argument often used is the first half of the 2nd Amendment which states “A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State,…”  The meaning here is that the only reason for individual’s to own arms is a collective one.  A Militia no longer in existence, having been replaced by the Reserves and the National Guard, thus nullifies the Amendment.

But read closely the way the second half of the Amendment is written “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  The right of the people to be secure in their person’s, no person shall be held to answer…., the accused shall enjoy the right.

In fact nowhere in the Constitution will you find that Government has a right at all.  Government has authority and Government has power, but not a single right.  State’s rights?, not really it’s actually the power of the State.  You can no more grant rights to a picnic table than a Government.  Government is a thing and things simply don’t and cannot have rights.

Just as Government has no moral responsibility to do more than what it has been given authority to undertake.  The Government has no “right” to grant you health care as a Constitutional guarantee, because it hasn’t the authority to do so, like any other “thing” it simply has no rights.  Government has a responsibility to ensure that your right to bear Arms is not infringed upon, but there is no natural right to health care.  Just as there is no natural right to a retirement at any age.

The creator of life surely wouldn’t grant you a “privacy” right to take the life of an unborn.  It flies in the face of logic to believe so.  I mean really, if that were his plan wouldn’t he be refereed to as the destroyer instead?

The Government may have authority and they may have power to do anything we are willing to put up with.  But that doesn’t mean it is right that they do so.

Jefferson stated that “Democracy is 51% of the people taking away the right’s of the other 49%“.  Right now it’s more like 535 people taking away the rights of the entire Country while we sit idly by.

This Country started with a “Shot heard ’round the world“.  Sad to say it seems we are going out with hardly a whimper.  Why should that be?  Does prosperity really breed complacency?  Have things worked so well, so easily for us that we are willing to trade our rights for our security?  For our freedom?

Ben Franklin said that if you do you deserve neither and get neither.  Paraphrased but you get the idea.

There is never a time when authority or power of Government should trump the Rights of man, granted by their Creator, established by nature’s laws.  The most fundamental right of citizens of this Country is to object to, address grievance against, order and control the Government which is in place by their consent.

Speaking of abuse of authority, let’s look at a number of States that are saying; “we can’t send out your refund checks from your income tax returns.  We simply don’t have the money at the moment.  But that is no excuse to not have filed by April 15“.  Can anyone explain to me why this Country isn’t in open revolt?  At least in those 7 States.

Can you imagine sending the Government, at any level, a note saying, sorry I just don’t have the money right now.  Good luck with that and getting any understanding.  Oh they will “understand” at a price, interest and penalties.  If for no other reason this is the best case I can think of for the with holding of your taxes in advance to be stopped.

I’ve always said that if you want a tax revolt all you have to do is make people pay for all their Federal responsibilities in a single check.  Just have every April 15 have every American write one check for Social Security, Medicade, Income Tax and let’s see how happy people are with the tax rate they are paying.

You won’t see that of course for the same reason you wont see a fair tax.  The with holding ploy is without a doubt one of the most devious and cunning actions the Government has ever committed.  Simply put, you never miss what you don’t get.  You never see the money so you don’t really think about how much the Government takes from you.

Maybe we should.


“Rebellion to Tyranny is Obedience to God”


4 Responses to “Rights v. Power”

  1. Salvatore Says:

    Good Morning Chas,
    Great Post my Friend.
    Thank you my friend.


  2. Gini Says:

    Chas…great read! They are all in ‘breach of promise’. Can we sue them for that?? Loved the line “…if that were his plan wouldn’t he be refereed to as the destroyer instead?” Excellent ‘essay’ on the state of our ‘state’.
    Thank you Gini.


  3. Frank C Says:

    Glad the 9 Wisemen ruled for the people. I bet if that were to come up in a year to 18 months the ban would have been upheld…Great read.
    I think it sad that we have to rely on 9 men instead of being able to trust the 535 of elected, that are supposed to uphold the Constitution.


  4. gwenfl Says:

    Hi Chas,

    As always what an excellent post! Thank you for sharing.

    I started reading the book you recommended last night. I meant to take it to NC because I knew I’d have a lot of down time but walked right out without it and my itinerary LOL.

    I didn’t get very far because my sister called but so far I’m enjoying it. Thank you for the info.

    Knowing how we arrived with the Constitution is a worthwhile study, in my humble opinion. Because if you don’t understand how they arrived at the foundation of this Country’s Government, how can you understand what it’s limits or purpose are?


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