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Re: Bill of rights

In a message dated 1/11/01 4:44:06 PM Eastern Standard Time, LinQuilt writes:

> The following was written by State Representative
> Mitchell Kaye from Cobb County, GA
> 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,
> delusional and other liberal, bedwetters.
> We hold these truths to be self-evident: that a whole
> lot of people were confused by the Bill of Rights and
> are so dim that they require a Bill of No Rights.
> 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.
> 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,
> turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc.,
> but the world is full of idiots, and probably always
> will be.
> You do not have the right to be free from harm.  If
> you stick a screwdriver in your arm, learn to be more
> careful, do not expect the tool manufacturer to make
> you and all your relatives independently wealthy.
> 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.
> 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.
> 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.
> 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.
> 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.
> 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.
> 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 over abundance 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.
> THANK YOU.  >>

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