The Age Of Reason Needs Revisited

by Curt Kovener Curt line

The internet is the most free form of public expression. Anyone with an opinion can express their First Amendment privilege even if they are not from or in this country.
With the internet you can mail to literally millions with the press of a button or two and without the cost of postage. Most of us do not welcome your unsolicited opinions and come-ons which is why there are delete buttons and trash bins on computers.
And, with the benefit of anonymity, the nay-sayers, doomsday mongers, and gripe-aholics seem to proliferate.
Our founding fathers came up with a Constitution and Bill of Rights which have persevered more than 200 years. But I suppose that a good number of the citizens who claim protection under the documents, have never read them.
So for those uninformed folks, here is a bit of a southern Hoosier version; a BMW (Bitching, Moaning & Whining) Bill Of No Rights for who feel dysfunctionally put upon and claim rights as American citizens without really reading the original 1700’s owner’s manual.
•You do not have the right to never be offended, inconvenienced or treated fairly and impartially. 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, 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 eye, 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 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 severely pay for your lack for respect for human life.
•You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat or coerce away the good 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. And complain all you want when Bubba takes you on as his new form of amusement. No one will listen, but you are free to complain away.
•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 available to 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 the overabundance of opinions and ideas created by those of who were confused by the Bill of Rights.
It is about time common sense is allowed to flourish.