Rights and responsibilities

I waited to post my opinion out of respect for the dead.

I have seen what people are saying, I can’t wait anymore.

Bear with me for a sec – this is long, try to read until the very end.

Some are saying this is a “Muslim” issue. They impugn an entire religion based on the actions of one deranged individual. We saw it before in San Bernardino. Some person goes on a rampage because he hates his job and hates his coworkers. Oh, he happens to be Muslim. Ban all Muslims. Some person who hates being gay goes on a rampage in the club he frequented. Oh, he is Muslim. Ban all Muslims. Never mind that both men were American citizens born in the United States.

I wouldn’t marginalize an entire religion based on the actions of one self-hating person who shot up the club he frequented and pledged allegiance to Daesh as an afterthought. This was not “Radical Islamic Terrorism.” This was not Durka Durka Jihad. This homicidal maniac hated gay people because he was gay and was taught by his religion he was an abomination. Could have been Amish, Baptist, Catholic, Jehovah’s Witness, Jewish, Mormon, or a Scientologist.

I will defend every member of the Islamic faith from the tyranny of the majority. I will also defend every Jew, every Jehovah’s Witness, every Mormon, every Pagan, every Wiccan, every Yazidi, and every Zoroastrian.

Now hear the corollary.

We keep hearing about how this is the “worst terrorist attack.” Many agencies are attempting to modify that so instead of being an outright fabrication it is at least partially true. “Worst attack since 9/11” seems to be the preferred piece of agit-prop to get everyone riled up.

Do you remember the weapons used on 9/11? I do.

Box cutters.

Some agencies are saying it is “the worst terrorist attack since Oklahoma City”

Do you remember the weapons that killed 168 people on April 19, 1995? I do.

Fertilizer and a Ryder truck.

McVeigh still holds the record for “worst domestic terrorist attack” and he was a Christian white nationalist veteran. Sure, Stormfront have distanced themselves from McVeigh but I remember the protests against Waco and Ruby Ridge and the people that were there. My father brought me to those protests.

People screaming, “ban the Muslim,” as well as people screaming to “ban the gun,” have short memories.

Daesh is counting on that.

There are people posting articles from hate groups that only serve as inflammatory pieces of agit-prop. They are making all sorts of inferences and claims about an entire religion based on a site that is no different from Stormfront. I do not see anyone arguing with them as they argue with the people supporting the second amendment.

FYI we have ten amendments in the Bill of Rights. This argument does not just concern the first two.

The First:
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

The Second:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed

You eliminate one, you eliminate them all.

Including the Fourth:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized

Daesh is counting on that.

And The Fifth:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Daesh is counting on that.

Let’s just do away with The Sixth as well:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence

Daesh is counting on that.

Might as well chuck the seventh:
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Daesh is counting on that.

We don’t really need the Eighth Amendment? Right?
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted

Daesh is counting on that.

They would also like us to forget The Ninth:

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people

And The Tenth:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people

We are doing exactly what Daesh wants us to do. We are arguing with each other over semantics and specifics instead of focusing on the system.

You know what Daesh hates? What happened spontaneously in front of Stonewall last night. What happened in Los Angeles.

What happened in Athens, Brussels, London, Paris and Sydney.

Daesh hates it when ‪#‎LoveWins‬. You want to fight Daesh? You want to part of the solution instead of part of the problem?

Be unexpected. Jailbreak the system.

Daesh isn’t counting on that.


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