The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums
Salon – by Katie McDonogh
“The Christian right wants to live above the law, and so far they’ve been wildly successful at getting what they want. But the progressive left — led by a coalition of LGBTQ organizations — is finally poised to fight hard against the trend, and to push Congress and Obama to do the same.” (07/10/14)
The “right” wants to live above the law. So does the “left.” Congress and the President most certainly live “above the law,” along with all or most of the federal employees in the country, especially the alphabet soup gangs. Then there are all those cops who definitely live in smug defiance of any law that should punish them for harming innocents. State, county and city governments in general work hard getting around some laws, even if they can’t jump above them quite as easily as the “dear leader.” The folks on Wall Street, and a vast array of corporate entities don’t seem to have much problem ignoring the law that is enforced on the rest of us either.
Oh, I almost forgot the unions! The AMA and other professional organizations are almost in that category as well. “Gays” and all of the groups who think they must have special “rights,” beyond those of other people, must be included too.
But, just what “law” are we talking about? A great many people will accept most any law, as long as they think there is justification for it in the US Constitution, or even a state constitution.
Of course, that’s another whole can of worms. The Constitution was written with the premise that individual states had legitimate authority to sign a contract binding on all of the people who lived in those areas – and what’s more, binding for every generation thereafter, no questions asked. The fact that their Frankenstein creation now rules the roost, and dictates to both states and individuals, does not obscure the importance of that original error. Some folks consider this to be a design feature – tyranny was the intention, not a bug, an unintended development… but there’s plenty of room for argument either way.
The reality is that each of those groups of people want to make laws that apply to other people and their property while they, themselves, are exempt – if they can’t just ignore it, of course. They want to use the law for their own purpose, to further their own agenda, to FORCE other people to do or not do something, and usually to line their own pockets at the expense of everyone else. How much of that law is written to create new privileged classes, more people who are “above the law?”
So, I have some serious questions I’m not seeing many people ask, let alone answer:
First, think about the incredible number of the laws of all kinds that have been written, passed, and enforced on the people of this country in the last century alone. Start with the Feds, if you will, but take it right down to the local home owner’s association, water district, municipal swimming pool… Include all of the regulations written by bureaucrats, “rules” that have the force of law.
Now, how many of those laws (or rules, statutes, regulations… all “laws” in the end) did YOU “vote” to enact? How many did you approve of, expecting them to apply to you and your family? How many did you approve of, sure they would not apply to you or those you care about?
How much did you volunteer to pay from your own income or savings to ensure that these laws were enacted and enforced – applying to you as well as to your neighbors?
How many of them did you even know about after they were passed, much less before? Hmmm….
How many of those laws actually have any relationship to protecting innocent people and defend their individual and inalienable authority over their own lives and property? Is not that supposed to be the goal of the “constitution” and all of the law? Isn’t that the way it should be if the government was actually the “servant” of the people? Hmmmm.
There are truly only two basic rules necessary for peaceful and productive people. First is the imperative not to initiate force against others. No theft, assault, rape and murder, of course, but this includes anything that imposes your needs, wants or beliefs on others by force or coercion of any kind.
Second, you have absolute individual authority to protect yourself from those who do not honor the first rule. The defensive response must be in proportion to the threat, of course, but is ultimately absolute. If you measure everything around you by this simple test, you won’t harm others and you won’t tolerate being harmed.
An important refinement of this principle is the golden rule: Do to others what you would have them do to you. Or, in libertarian terms, “live and let live.”
Fortunately, most people understand this at some basic level, and live without intentionally harming those around them personally. Self defense is a natural response to attack, and most people will at least attempt to defend themselves and those they care about, even when they don’t have adequate tools or training to make that effective.
Unfortunately, far too many of the same people, who would not dream of assaulting their neighbor themselves, have a deep seated superstition, believing that one or another set of “rulers” has some legitimate authority to violate the first rule, to control individuals no matter how much force is used.
The Most Dangerous Superstition
By Larken Rose
The root cause of most of society’s ills–the main source of man’s inhumanity to man–is neither malice nor negligence, but a mere superstition–an unquestioned assumption which has been accepted on faith by nearly everyone, of all ages, races, religions, education and income levels. If people were to recognize that one belief for what it is–an utterly irrational, self-contradictory, and horribly destructive myth–most of the violence, oppression and injustice in the world would cease. But that will happen only when people dare to honestly and objectively re-examine their belief systems.
Just some food for thought.