We all know liberty is important. After all…it’s either liberty or tyranny. There is no third option.
We all believe in these things called unalienable rights, or fundamental rights, yes? These rights belong to us at birth and no one has legitimate authority to take them from us. In fact, in America we often consider it a crime to interfere in the exercise of another person’s unalienable rights.
Let’s take a quick look at the right of property. What have the great minds of liberty said about this right?
John Adams said, “Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.”
So Adams puts the right of property right up there with liberty itself.
John Locke – who probably had the greatest influence on Jefferson’s thinking – said, “Government has no other end but the preservation of property.”
Locke also said, “The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property.”
Founding Father, Arthur Lee, said “The right of property is the guardian of every other right, and to deprive the people of this, is in fact to deprive them of their liberty.
You’ll note both Lee and Adams draw a direct connection between property right and your liberty.
And John Jay said, “No power on earth has the right to take our property from us without our consent.” It doesn’t get any more definitive than that! And Jay was America’s first Chief Justice and the U.S. Supreme Court.
So…how important do we think it is to respect the right property?
John Adams said, “The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of god, anarchy and tyranny commence.” Pretty strong words!
Jefferson said, “What is true of every member of the society, individually, is true of them all collectively; since the rights of the whole can be no more than the sum of the rights of the individual.” In other words, if we trample the rights of even one of our fellow citizens we diminish the liberty of all Americans!
And Will Rogers, who was known for making a profound truth clear in just a few words, said “We will never have a true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.”
I’m sure we all support these rights. Really. Well…no, we don’t. We talk a good game, but we don’t really believe in this shit.
What Americans believe in is the rule of “I don’t like it”. If I like something and want to do it, great! If someone else wants to do something, and I like what he’s doing, no problem. If someone wants to do something that I don’t like – even if it harms no one – and even if it’s an unalienable rights, we say “Oh hell no. Fuck that. I don’t like it so you can’t do it.” THAT is what Americans really believe in, not this liberty shit.
Think I’m wrong? I have two words for you; flag burning. See what I mean?!
In 1989, in Texas v. Johnson, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that burning the flag is an act of protected free expression. Are you thinking the Court simply made a mistake that will get rectified later? Nope. In U.S. v. Eichman the Court reaffirmed it again.
If I buy an American flag at the store, whose property is it? That’s right, it’s mine. And the courts have ruled time and again that the fullness of the right of property includes the right to acquire it, utilize it, and dispose of it, as the property owner sees fit.
So, if I dispose of my flag by burning it, I am exercising not one, but two unalienable rights; the right of property and the right of freedom of speech.
But there are some un-American assholes among us who think it’s cool – that it’s acceptable – to initiate violence against a fellow American who is exercising two of his unalienable rights. Let’s be clear about something; these are not true Americans. These are violent thugs pretending to be Americans.
Remember I said Americans don’t give a shit about unalienable rights; they only care about what they like or don’t like?
One doesn’t have to like what another American is doing in order to respect his right to do it. In fact, you can despise what someone else is doing and still respect his right to do it. Not only is it something you can do, it’s something that you must do if you believe in liberty – if you claim to be an American.
On the Dave Champion TV show I discussed how Americans don’t “think” anymore. They confuse feelings with thinking. They feel an emotion and mistake that feeling for a thought.
Ask yourself this: What’s more important – your “emotions” or liberty?
You can respect the unalienable rights of other Americans – whether you like what they’re doing or not – or you can be an anti-American douchebag. You can’t have it both ways.
Copyright Dave Champion 2015