One of the neatest things about getting to know folks through this Internet thing (and sometimes, if one is lucky, meeting them in meatspace!) is finding folks who are one’s intellectual superior – from whom one may learn.
I’m a pretty bright guy. Despite the fact I squandered my education and made some poor life choices. Things are as they are. I do appreciate the higher-educated, more erudite folks I’ve been fortunate to befriend on the Internet. Sometimes (as in the cases of Tam, Borepatch, Brigid, Peter and others) I learn something!
This is from the magnificent Kevin Baker (of The Smallest Minority) (with whom I have been lucky enough to meet and shoot!), in part:
So I’ve cut way back posting here, but I’m still occasionally answering stuff over at Quora. Seems a waste to let this one vanish in their bit-buckets, so here’s a question-n-answer with an associated comment thread I did recently.
The question was:
Why are guns a right in the US, meanwhile education and healthcare are not?
The question is not about whether or not the government will prevent you from having an education/healthcare. My question is about why education and healthcare aren’t considered in the constitution.
I stumbled onto it fairly early, so there weren’t many answers, but most of them talked about how the Constitution conferred rights on citizens, etc. Here’s my answer:
Oy vey. After reading the current answers (there are eight not downvoted enough to be hidden) it becomes blindingly obvious that our free “education” system has failed pretty dramatically. As one student stated “I Was Never Taught That Knowledge.”
The fundamental question is “What is a ‘Right’?”
Several people here state that education is a right, or that healthcare is a right.
No, they’re not.
While I’m not an Objectivist, I think Ayn Rand was correct when she stated:
A ‘right’ is a moral principle defining and sanctioning a man’s freedom of action in a social context. There is only one fundamental right (all others are its consequences or corollaries): a man’s right to his own life.
As others have stated, “guns” aren’t a right, the right to self-defense – protection of one’s own life – is. The right to keep and bear arms is its corollary, for if denied the tools of that defense, the right is essentially stripped.
Education? You have the right to study anything you wish. What you don’t have is the right to make someone teach you. Health care? Same thing. You have the right to take care of yourself, but not force others to care for you.
Because forcing others violates their rights.
So why is the right to arms listed in the Bill of Rights, but education and healthcare are not? Because the Constitution is a legal document that establishes the limits of power of a governing body. If the Constitution were a document that said only what government could not do, it would be infinitely long. Instead, the body of the Constitution itself lists the powers that the Federal government has, and the mechanism under which those powers are established, maintained and exercised. The Bill of Rights is a (limited) list of things that government is warned explicitly not to trifle with, and a warning that there are other such rights not so listed.
The Tenth Amendment, too, is a limit that basically says “Only powers defined here belong to the Federal Government. Everything else is a power reserved to the States or The People. Hands off.”
So of course that’s the first one that got folded, spindled, mutilated and incinerated.
So what do we gather from this? That EDUCATION and HEALTHCARE are not in the purview of the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. It’s not the job of the Federal Government to provide these things, subsidize these things, or regulate these things except as they affect interstate commerce. (A clause that has been stretched to obscene lengths ever since Wickard v. Filburn.)
It doesn’t matter if they seem to be good ideas. Those powers were not given to the Federal Government by the Constitution. They’re (as you observed) not mentioned in that document. They’re among the “powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution.” And they’re not rights.
But they are most definitely powers.
You should really visit Kevin’s blog, and read the whole post (The Smallest Minority-link)
He doesn’t post often, but when he does, it’s GOLD!
Teachers at a primary school in Sydney, Australia have been threatened with beheading and other violence from young Islamic students, prompting one of them to quit her job.
Students as young as those in Year 5, according to the Daily Telegraph, are making the violent threats and pressuring others to read the Koran at Punchbowl Public School in Sydney.
Documents given to the newspaper allege that three staff members have taken a leave of absence owing to stress, received counselling and been awarded compensation after bullying from Islamic students.
Political Correctness is killing Europe, Asia, and has landed here.
Teachers not allowed to control their classrooms? Of course, we are seeing that here, as well. Just not to THIS degree (yet).
At least we have a Bill of Rights. Australia has none – although some of their States have ‘something’.
You know I’m all for property trained personnel with guns in schools. Australia, not so pro-gun. If a terrorist presents a viable threat against an administrator, teacher or student, there would be a solution here.
I don’t care is they are another student! If they are armed and refuse to stand down and be arrested…
Staff members being bullied?
I don’t think so…
(Yes, yes. I know many think we have devolved into an oligarchy. I’m writing about what we are as a Nation, on PAPER!)
To Benjamin Franklin: “Well, Doctor, What have you given us, a Republic or a Monarchy?”
“A Republic, if you can keep it!”
There are various other versions of this supposed quotation, the essence of which is WE (The United States) are a REPUBLIC!
Remember THIS from Grade School?
“…and to the Republic, for which it stands.”
Speech by Senator John F. Kennedy, Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, CA – (Advance Release Text)
November 2, 1960 (excerpts):
We live in a fast moving nation. But one thing constant from the birth of our Republic has been our faith in education and our determination to make it available to all our citizens.
Thus the value and importance of education was at the foundation of Western thought – and was again present at the foundation of the American Republic.
Virtually EVERY President (Yes, even Barack Obama!) referred in some manner to the American Republic! (Don’t believe me, do your own searches!)
We are NOT, and NEVER HAVE BEEN, a democracy!
Then, why do all politicians, even conservative republicans (democrats are a given) make statements to the affect that thus-and-such yatta-yatta this democracy?
Inquiring minds want to know.
I like speaking and writing correctly. Sometimes, I even succeed at so doing. 🙂
Perhaps a better title for this post would be Word Pet Peeves.
I loathe the use of this instead of the correct word, REGARDLESS. Sadly, the O.E.D. (Oxford English Dictionary) has added this variant as a real word, because it is in common use.
My guess is people were trying to pronounce SUPPOSEDLY, and stumbled. Or mis-heard. Then adopted it as correct. It’s not.
I used to work with an investigator. An educated man, I can only surmise he mis-heard VERBATIM, and ran with it.
(One from my roommate) FORTE
When one is good at something. You may notice an accent is missing. It is NOT FORTE’ ! And is pronounced fort. Again, something done wrong in common usage. Look it up. I had to.
And don’t get me started on mis-heard song lyrics! I blame overly loud speakers, concert noise and the tinny AM radios of my youth. Any suggestion that over indulgence in alcohol or other chemicals does not apply – to me, anyway! 😛
There have been books written about them.
Doughnuts make my brown eyes blue
There’s a bathroom on the right.
Hold me closer Tony Danza
‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy.
I’m certain you can add to the list(?)
(as posted by Wirecutter
Hofstra University has posted a “trigger warning” sign to warn students about the potentially disturbing content that may be discussed during Monday night’s presidential debate.
According to CBS New York reporter Tony Aiello, a sign inside of the student center at Hofstra reads, “Trigger warning: The event conducted just beyond this sign may contain triggering and/or sensitive material. Sexual violence, sexual assault, and abuse are some topics mentioned within this event. If you feel triggered, please know there are resources to help you.”
Back when I was in college (covered wagons, etc.) there were those doing their duty. Either by questioning the authority of the government to facilitate wars, or by going to fight them! People on both sides of the issue were VERY vocal and emotional.
Yet rarely did either side feel ‘triggered’ and in need of a ‘safe space’ or ‘counseling’ based on someone’s speech alone!
Have our youth become so overly sensitive that this is thought necessary? By the nature of societal evolution?
Or, has this been the plan all along?
Because I’m more a follower… (sigh)
Tamara and Borepatch took the test. So I was compelled to follow…
Your English Vocabulary Size is:
★★★ Top 6.08%
Your vocabulary is at the level of professional white-collars in the US!
Apparently, my blog-building/copying graphics
ability is not as refined! Please visit Tam (which you should already be doing, regardless!)
to use her link to take the test, should you so desire…
Yes. That’s exactly what it is.
MURDER as a political act.
Murder is illegal. Murder toward a political end is illegal. Assault with intent to commit murder is illegal. Use of firearms by criminals is illegal. Evading the police after the act is illegal. Hiding perpetrators and evidence is illegal. Hindering prosecution is illegal.
Some folks will focus on the motivation of the perpetrators. Is it a ‘hate crime’? WHY would the bad guys do such a thing?
As far as I’m concerned, when it comes to motivation, I DON’T CARE! Hate crime is code for ‘you are not thinking correctly – report to the reeducation camps‘. I’ll be a truant, thank you. What I think Is MY business! An assault remains an assault. A murder a murder.
Like them or not, The Police are the thin blue line between most communities and anarchy. Sure most homogenous communities would have some crime with or without the police. My white-bread college town doesn’t have too much crime. Under-age drinking; drug use and related offenses. But what about minority communities with a fractured social structure? South Chicago, for example? Where the crime is largely Black-on-Black?
So, where does such criminality to attack police come from? Certainly from police abuse against minorities, real and imagined, as propagandized by certain political movements (communists, anarchists, Black power advocates) – politicians and community organizers meeting with their leaders, and making anti-law enforcement statements(!)
And there we have it. If these ‘reverends’, ‘community organizers*’ and politicians actually stood up for non-violence, peace, and brotherhood. And facts. Perhaps acts such as occurred in Dallas would not have happened.
Facts. That recent shooting where the Black man had a gun. And a violent criminal record. Not unlike that Missouri guy. The tall, athletic guy, with a history of strong-arm-robbery, going for the security guy’s gun.
Do we not think that certain powers won’t utilize Dallas as yet another stepping stone toward abridging the rights of the law-abiding?
Double-secret probation, if you will? Making it MORE illegal?
Our focus should first be on the good thoughts and prayers for the deceased, injured and their families. Second, on bringing the perpetrators to justice.
And third, on stopping crime in fractured neighborhoods. Instead of just letting them fester.
A tall order, I know.
*didn’t we used to call them outside agitators?
(aka Reparations to Ireland?)
from Brock Townsend:
More links on both NamSouth and FNC
Did you know that more Irish slaves were sold in the 17th century than black slaves? With a staggering death rate between 37% to 50%, this is the story the history books will not tell you.
White and Black Slaves in the Sugar Plantations of Barbados. None of the Irish victims ever made it back to their homeland to describe their ordeal. These are the lost slaves; the ones that time and biased history books conveniently forgot.
The first slaves imported into the American colonies were 100 White children. They arrived during Easter, 1619, four months before the arrival of a the first shipment of Black slaves.Mainstream histories refer to these laborers as indentured servants, not slaves, because many agreed to work for a set period of time in exchange for land and rights.
Yet in reality, indenture was enslavement, since slavery applies to any person who is bought and sold, chained and abused, whether for a decade or a lifetime.
More on revisionist history.
Believe me, I am not condoning or excusing Black slavery by mentioning there were White slaves, as well. Slavery is wrong. Period. But we should know all history, not just that fitting an agenda.
Camps for Germans and Italians during WWII, as well? Yep. Certainly not as many, but…
It wasn’t just the Japanese.
(And, now for something completely different – as promised)
22 VETERANS COMMIT SUICIDE DAILY
Even ONE of these heroes making this choice is unacceptable! (Day #20 of 22)
I’ve oft stated in these pages I LOVE THE UNITED STATES – WARTS AND ALL!
Which is why revisionist history really torques my jaw.
The first slave owner in America was a Black man! Did you know that? Probably not, because of those who rewrite history.
And now this, from Free North Carolina…
Comment by RGRANT on OHP Uses New Device To Seize Money During Traffic …
Comment by Anonymous: ……..This is almost as bad as the group of cops and state troopers in Bardstown Ky. who spent over a year gang raping a 13 year old girl. They were not only NOT charged with any crime. They didn’t even get a reprimand. The cops say they just cannot understand why there are no witnesses when one of them gets shot. Gee Wiz guys maybe being thieves and child molesting scum has something to do with that.
In reply: RGRANT Was the cop that shot-gunned on the off ramp in Bardstown a couple years in on it? Maybe the principal of Shoot, Shovel, Shut up Southern justice in action.
My good friend (and shooting buddy) Marlo challenged me to put something on my blog. Normally, I wouldn’t pick up the gauntlet, but in this case, it’s too important not to!
(FROM HER FB PAGE)
9 of 22 — I’m doing #22pushups to raise awareness that American Veterans have been committing suicide at an alarming rate. I was called out by an elementary school classmate, a West Point graduate, and proud vet, Bill Nygaard I am again issuing a choice of challenges, either the 22 pushup awareness challenge OR donating 22 hours of service to veterans in any way you can. So, for the #22pushups, up next is… Kim Cox, Master organizer, fellow psychodramatist, and fellow happily married woman. (Modifiied push-ups model accepting help to reach your goals.)
If you accept, copy and paste this status to each of your videos. Video yourself doing 22 push-ups to your ability level & post the video to Facebook and other social media using the hashtag #22pushups. The goal is to raise awareness for our service members battling this demon.
In the alternate challenge, I challenge friend Guffaw in AZ to make 22 mentions of veteran services in his blog posts over the next 22 days using hashtags #22kill and #22pushups.
Please spread the word that veteran suicide is not the answer. A new video will be posted for each of the next 13 times, new people being challenged each time.
Thank you to Project Welcome Home Troops that does great work helping our veterans overcome PTSD. http://www.projectwelcomehometroops.org/#22Kill
Obviously push-ups and Guffaw videos won’t be happening in this venue. But I will make an effort to post regarding veteran’s services for the next 22 days.
22 VETERANS COMMIT SUICIDE DAILY
Even ONE of these heroes making this choice is unacceptable!