Saturday, April 25, 2009

Sometimes You Have To Wonder

From that cornucopia of news that is the Casper Star Tribune, came a letter to the editor defending the NRA against the editorial board of said paper. Comments were fairly middle of the road for such a letter, until we get to one "Mohamed Barrack". Here's his comment in its entirety:

It is about time that America has finally elected a world class leader who will now put the US on a par with the rest of the world and stop the 2 plus century madness of selfish belief that America is "superior" than the rest of the world in so called "freedoms of the bill of rights" that were at the time written by proven criminals to the legal power at the time, which was England. America finally now has a leader who will disband the false belief that Americans have "natural" rights. The only rights you have is what society gives you! About time the US Bill of rights is put down. America, welcome finally to the world community. Destroy your fireamrs! The revolution is OVER!

I left a comment there, outlining where this person is wrong, but there were some things that needed to be said outside of what was posted there. I'm still not sure if this post was something to stir the pot and he's simply a troll, or if this person honestly believes what they posted.

What galls me most, is the assertion that the 233 yrs of this country's existence is simply "madness". This "madness" as he calls it, has been a beacon of hope to all the peoples of the world. For the better part of 70 yrs, no one was jumping on to pieces of flotsam and jetsam to get to the Soviet Union. Nobody was braving 120+ degree heat in July to get into Iran. There were people starved for liberty enough they would risk their lives trying to get HERE. If that's madness, call the looney bin 'cause I'm guilty .

His assertion that Americans have a false belief in natural rights belies a complete lack of understanding of what this country fought the preeminent military power in world for. The right of self determination. The right to print and say what you believed without government censorship. The right to be secure in your home, to not have to quarter government troops at your own expense and not have those same government troops ransack your house with no probable cause. The right to a trial consisting of a jury of your peers, not a panel of appointed rich men, to confront your accuser, and that you could not be forced to bear witness against yourself. That the government was not the be-all-end-all and that the power of the government was not limitless.

The Bill of Rights was written as curbs on governmental power, hence to 9th and 10th amendments. The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. and 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.

This is the United States of America. Through 230 yrs, we have fought two wars for independence, a civil war, a war of imperialism, two world wars to stave off the spread of mad men and tyrants, two wars to contain a very real and concentrated scourge on the soul of humanity, and to free two countries from the vanity, terror, and destruction its leader perpetrated on its peoples. We are not perfect. We have never claimed to be. We have had our problems to be sure, what family doesn't. But this place is damn better than anyplace else on earth, that I can personally attest to.

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