“On this battlefield man has no better weapon than his intelligence, no other force but his heart.”
~ Jose Rizal
By Alden L. Benton
I profoundly resent the antics of privileged multi-millionaire sports figures protesting their “difficulties” in life.
These fools, blessed with talent most of us only dream about, are paid handsomely to play what amount to children’s playground games.
Get over it.
However, it is their right under the Constitution to say and do what they want, as long as there is no imminent threat of or incitement of violence or lawlessness. This right, is stated clearly in Amendment I of the Constitution, the first of 10 amendments commonly known as the Bill of Rights.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Conversely, those of us who think these “protests” are pure horse manure also have the right not to listen, to change the channel, or, heaven forbid, delete their inane tweets.
The way to hurt any leftist corporate enterprise is simple. If you don’t buy into their stupid protests or philosophy, then don’t buy their products.
Professional sports are products.
You decide whether to subsidize whining, privileged, often racist, idiots, or not, by buying tickets, overpriced clothing and shoes, or watching their games.
I choose not to watch. My life will continue without professional sports. In fact, the quality of my life will improve.
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
~ John Adams
Activists along the entire right-left political spectrum are impatient and frustrated.
The left is frustrated because they are not in complete control of the reigns of power. Division and lack of decisive action frustrate those on the right. In addition, the perception of the right that the democrats and courts obstruct their goals further frustrates the right.
Many on the right want the president to issue more mandates through executive orders, the same practice of which they continuously complained during the Obama administration.
The practice where the left is most successful in obstructing the president, and the right, is through the legal system. In and of itself this is not a problem. In fact, it is the Constitutional system of checks and balances working. There are three distinct branches of our government designed to separate power and to check any overreach of another branch. That is the Constitution.
However, the problem arises from the fact the three branches of government, executive, judicial, and legislative, have become unequal. The courts, from years of progressive/leftist nominations, have moved markedly left from the founding principles, and have usurped much of the executive and legislative powers and made them their own.
At the same time, the executive has assumed more power than was given in the structure of the Constitution. This ceding of legislative power to the executive has been a slow, but steady process resulting in a weakened legislative branch, which has relinquished much of its remaining authority to unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats.
These faceless bureaucrats threaten our nation and our liberty as individuals. Collectively, they are the Dark State or Administrative State, what the president has calls “The Swamp.”
The Dark State is the progressive dream.
The Dark State consists of faceless “experts” charged with manipulating and controlling all aspects of our daily lives to force conformity to the progressive/leftist goal of some refashioned notion of a perfect society filled with perfected robotic citizens marching in step to their Dear Leader’s commands.
If you think that is merely the ranting of a disgruntled conservative, think again. Ask any western rancher or farmer about their struggles with the brutal tyranny that is the Environmental Protection Agency. Ask the coal miners of Kentucky and West Virginia that lost their jobs because of punitive regulations written by unaccountable, faceless, bureaucrats acting extra-Constitutionally while entrenched in their cozy lifetime jobs in Washington, D.C.
I don’t know how to solve this. However, I do know where we must go.
We must return to the rule of law, the original meaning of the Constitution, and to the idea of natural law where everyone is free to form an ordered society wherein commerce, social compacts, and property rights are encouraged and respected, and where the fact that our rights come from God, not the government, is the law of the land.
Additionally, we must return to a more normal, moral society where we protect the rights of the minority, but not at the expense of the majority by forcing the entire population to embrace lifestyles and ideas that they do not condone. We must return to a civil society where individuals and groups have the freedom to discuss their differences in a calm and reasoned atmosphere free of threats and intimidation.
As a Christian, all I will pray for our leaders to have wisdom and courage and I trust God to resolve our problems.
In the meantime, we must arm ourselves with knowledge in order to find the answers that will save our Republic.
“Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”
~ Ronald Reagan
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