just another rant …
I don’t know about you but I think of the Declaration of Independence as our social contract … right. Though if you listen to Republicans, it seems they missed that class, ignored it or prefer the archaic ideology beliefs of that time. The idea that we even have to debate how some have had to struggle fight and die for the right to (be) is beyond me. I can only speculate, but; it could only be considered an inaccurate interpretation maybe a big slap of reality of what our Nation should expect if Republicans were to govern the Free World. Is it possible that Rep. Paul Ryan could very well be conveniently ignoring the hypocrisy that is our Declaration of Independence written by a group of men who were definitely involved in the slave trade? Yes, there are constant references to “natural rights” The fact is, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness Republican Rep.Paul Ryan was speaking of did not apply to Blacks obviously most being slaves held against their will at a time when these folks considered themselves the only real Americans worthy. Originally under the Constitution, only white male citizens over the age of 21 were eligible to vote. We must all remind Republicans like Paul Ryan that it was the action taken by our government that finally allowed some slaves a peak at the rights given by “God and Nature,” as Rep. Paul Ryan unfortunately proclaims.
Oh, do not get me wrong; the Declaration of Independence is a great document written in defense of grievances against kings and kingdoms which led to the inclusion of some provisions in the Constitution and Bill of Rights due to complaints.
Contrary to what Republicans like Rep.Paul Ryan stated, the list below is just a few of our rights that could have only been experienced by our nation’s citizens because the government was forced to debate vote then Amendments were created granted … and updated
() Women’s right to vote (granted by 19th Amendment)
() Right to vote for all citizens, regardless of race, color, or previous condition of servitude (15th Amendment)
() 4th Amendment: Citizens cannot be forced to subject themselves to seizure and search without a search warrant and probable cause.
() Right to bear arms (granted by 2nd Amendment)
() the 13th amendment abolished slavery in the United States and provides that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or …Passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified on December 6, 1865,
() 6th Amendment: Guarantees fair and speedy jury trial and the rights to know the accusation, the accuser, and to find counsel and witnesses.
() The Fourteenth Amendment addresses many aspects of citizenship and the rights of citizens. The most commonly used — and frequently litigated — phrase in the amendment is “equal protection of the laws“, which figures prominently in a wide variety of landmark cases, including Brown v. Board of Education (racial discrimination), Roe v. Wade (reproductive rights), Bush v. Gore (election recounts), Reed v. Reed (gender discrimination), and University of California v. Bakke (racial quotas in education). See more…
Paul Ryan: ‘Our Rights Come From Nature And God, Not From Government’ http://www.mediaite.com/tv/paul-ryan-our-rights-come-from-nature-and-god-not-from-government/ via @mediaite 8/11/2012
What say you?