My country is losing its mind (and it’s freedoms?).

Whatever happened to “freedom?”  The Bill of Rights outlines our rights, doesn’t it?  So why do so many try to take those rights away.

Okay.  Some people also try to go too far in expressing those rights, and that goes right along with this.  I won’t go through all of them, but here are some.

Amendment 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.

That all sounds pretty straight forward to me.  We, as Americans, have the right to practice whatever religion we choose be it Christianity, Muslim, Buddhism, or atheism.  It’s a right, so stop trying to make others change.  We have the freedom of speech.  I can say what I want when I want.  I don’t suggest that you run around making threats against others, because that would just not be smart.  This ties into the freedom of religion, by the way.  You can still say that someone else’s beliefs are wrong.  You just can’t shove it down their throat via the government.  Peaceably assemble.  Don’t riot.  ‘Nuff said.  Petition?  Guess what.  You can tell the government that what their doing is wrong.  You just need enough people to back you up.

Freedom of the press.  Hey media?  You guys are jerks.  Yes, you have the right to write and talk about what you want to talk about, but how about your fact checking?  I seem to recall Rolling Stone having an issue with that lately.  Oh, and stop trying to make us all hate each other because of  skin color, income “inequality,” and a flag.  The majority of United States citizens could really give a rat’s ass what you think.  And that’s me using my freedom of speech.

Amendment 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.

Oh boy, here we go.  This one sounds straight forward to me.  The right to bear arms shall not be infringed.  We can own guns.  You can’t take them away from us.  That’s not saying that there should be ways to keep guns out of the hands of certain people, but you have to be very careful how that happens.  Those who are unstable enough to do horrendous things should probably be prevented from obtaining a firearm, but that’s hard to do.  Then you have criminals.  If you make a law preventing the purchase of firearms by any means, then there are certain people who will bypass that law and obtain those firearms illegally.  Just look at drugs.  How’s that working for you?

Amendment XV

The citizens’ right to vote shall not be denied by the states or the federal government on the basis of race, color or previous status of servitude.

I’m just going to point out one point in this:  “Citizen’s right to vote.”  I’m fairly certain that doesn’t apply to non-citizens, so when a state requires a valid photo ID card, then that works just fine.  It’s not racial prejudice.  It’s not prejudice based on anything else.  It’s simply making sure that the people who are voting are actually living citizens.  Do you know how easy it is to get an ID card in Virginia?  You go to the DMV or some registrar’s offices and get one with the correct documentation in hand (like a birth certificate).  It’s free at the registrar’s.  Yes, that’s right.  Free.  I believe that the DMV charges $10.  Don’t quote me on that.

I suppose that I’m just annoyed at what’s going on today.  One kid, who is not mentally stable, goes into a black church and kills people with a gun.  The rallying cry of gun control is raised.  The media starts saying that the “Confederate flag” should be removed everywhere because this kid was a racist and used that flag in a picture.  A white police officer shoots a black man, and that incites riots.

The Supreme Court says that gay marriage cannot be banned by states (this, in fact, does not bother me as I could really care less).  I didn’t put it in here,  but here is this thing called “State’s Rights.”  I’m pretty sure that’s how the Civil War started.  I am concerned with the future of this, however.  So gay marriage is legal.  Okay, that’s fine, but what happens when a Church declines to perform that marriage?  That should be okay as well.  Will it be?  There will come a time when someone attempts to sue a Church because they will claim that they are being prevented from having something which is their right.  That’s fine, they can do that, but you can’t force a Church to perform that wedding.  Separation of Church and State.  Freedom of Religion.  Think about it.

I saw something very recently talking about this and it has merit.  Churches may end up getting into trouble because they say no.  That’s their choice, just like it’s your choice to get married or not.  That lawsuit will happen at some time or another.

Oh!  On that note.  Private businesses have the right to refuse to take your money for whatever reason.  That Muslim bakery that refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding? That’s their choice.  It was also a comedian who did it, but that’s beside the point.  The family business that refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding?  They can do that based on their religious beliefs and because they want to.

Okay, I’m done.  There are tons of other things that I want to rant about, but I don’t think I’m quite awake, yet, so I’ll stop here.  Blah.

Have something to say? Share with the class!