Bill of No Rights (Long) - Posted by GregA (NE)

Posted by Reif on April 06, 1999 at 11:17:38:

And I expect if your congressman was to have the nerve not to work 24 hours a day you’d vote to have him recalled?

What the difference between this written piece and a speech to the AARP (or what ever)?

The man was making a valid point, and given his inherent credibilty as an elected official, got it published.

How do you know it wasn’t written on his free time?


Bill of No Rights (Long) - Posted by GregA (NE)

Posted by GregA (NE) on April 05, 1999 at 16:51:05:

I received this from a friend today and, although it is off subject, I thought some the paticipants on this board might enjoy it.

The following was written by State Representative Mitchell Kaye from Georgia. You may find it interesting:

"We, the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid any more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt-ridden, deluded, and other liberal Bed-wetters.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim that they require a Bill of No Rights."

ARTICLE I: You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

ARTICLE II: You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone - not just you! You may leave the room, change the channel, express a different opinion, etc., but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.

ARTICLE III: You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful. Do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

ARTICLE IV: You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.

ARTICLE V: You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we’re just not interested in public health care.

ARTICLE VI: You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don’t be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair.

ARTICLE VII: You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don’t be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won’t have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure.

ARTICLE VIII: You don’t have the right to demand that our children risk their lives in foreign wars to soothe your aching conscience. We hate oppressive governments and won’t lift a finger to stop you from going to fight if you’d like. However, we do not enjoy parenting the entire world and do not want to spend so much of our time battling each and every little tyrant with a military uniform and a funny hat.

ARTICLE IX: You don’t have the right to a job. All of us sure want all of you to have one, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

ARTICLE X: You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to pursue happiness - which, by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an overabundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

If you agree, we strongly urge you to forward this to as many people as you can. No, you don’t have to, and nothing tragic will befall you should you not forward it. We just think it is about time common sense is allowed to flourish - call it the age of reason revisited.

Re: Bill of No Rights (Long) - Posted by Rob FL

Posted by Rob FL on April 06, 1999 at 17:32:14:

Great post. A keeper for sure.

Although, I feel terrible for the Vietnam’s, Somalia’s, and Kosovo’s of the world I don’t see why it is our business to intervene. No one intervened in the U.S. civil war.

One small caveat though, it is not like anyone in todays military is there because someone drafted them or forced them to go. Probably 50% or more thought it was an easy street, money for college, free travel of the world (My sister in law spent 2 years in Hawaii while in the army–tough life), etc.,etc. Everyone in the U.S. military VOLUNTEERED to join. So even though I disagree with them being sent in, I realize that every single one of them is there by their own personal choice.

Re: Bill of No Rights (Long) - Posted by SteveM(MA)

Posted by SteveM(MA) on April 06, 1999 at 09:36:42:

All I have to say is it’s too bad Representative Kaye is spending his time writing creative prose instead of working for his constituents.


Re: Bill of No Rights (Long) - Posted by Christopher(OH)

Posted by Christopher(OH) on April 05, 1999 at 21:25:17:

I totally agree with Mr. Kaye. Its been to long that us hard working entrepreneurs have had to give large sums of our income to the many out there that won’t lift a finger to help themselves. A great many of those on the large numbers of goverment programs don’t appreciate the assistance they recieve and take it for granted. I’m not against helping people that appreciate it or are of a mental or physical disability. I agree wholely with the other articles in this post also.At no time will everyone get along or think the same ways as everyone else. I just wanted to post my agreement with these articles. They really put alot into prospective.

Re: Bill of No Rights (Long) - Posted by babesy

Posted by babesy on April 05, 1999 at 18:05:21:

…and the congregation said:


Re: Bill of No Rights (Long) - Posted by JHyre in Ohio

Posted by JHyre in Ohio on April 06, 1999 at 13:30:56:

Political leadership includes formation of ideas, ideology & expression thereof. BoNR falls squarely within that ambit. “Working for constituents” is useless or worse in lieu of ideology.

John Hyre