It appears that there are a lot of people out there who think they ought to be able to vote on who’s rights are protected by the U.S. Constitution and who’s aren’t. First there were the people out in California who thought that they could vote to deny same-sex couples the same rights they enjoy as heterosexual couples. Now we’ve got folks from all over the country pressing both the governments of New York, and of the country, to deny Muslims the right to build an Islamic cultural center on private property. And the “talking heads” on TV are having a field day keeping it all stirred up!
Well now, that’s not exactly the impression I had about how rights are supposed to work, but if we’re opening up the floodgates to National Socialism, then I’ve got a few demands of my own I’d like to present. Hell, I’m in need of a good rant anyway!
Let’s deal with the marriage thing first, shall we? Frankly, I don’t understand why anyone in their right mind would choose to be legally bound to to someone else in the first place. That smacks a little too much of slavery to me. But I say that if you’re going to do something stupid, then you might as well do it right! And when I think of the high percentage of marriages that end in disaster, it occurs to me that perhaps getting a license to marry, for anyone, really has been just a little too easy anyway.
Maybe prospective couples, regardless of race, creed, color, or sexual orientation, should have to prove that they meet the necessary income requirements, and possess the necessary psychological and biological compatibility, to make a marriage work before being issued a license. And let’s not forget the continuing assessment required to prevent them from birthing children into a bad parenting situation. All couples should have to stand before a “marriage and parenting review board” on a regular basis!
Next, let’s deal with this whole “freedom of religion” thing. Now in my opinion, and that of any Doctor of Science worth his salt, religious belief, by definition, is a form of insanity. And while it makes no sense to pass laws outlawing insanity – after all, the poor things can’t help themselves – how can anyone argue that we should guarantee them the right to be insane? That just seems plain counter-productive to me. I mean, how are you supposed to treat insane people with all these silly rights in the way?
Once those silly religious liberties are out of the way, I would then go on to BAN the construction of ANY more religious sites of ANY type! We must end, once and for all, this monumental sham where all these SHAMans pass themselves off as striving to “help” us mere humans while spending untold billions constructing “Wonders of the World” class monuments to their own arrogant delusions.
Furthermore, all the existing “houses of worship” should be converted to treatment centers for the mentally ill (those who would come there on their own anyway). Lord knows they need all the help we can give them, and the cash they always bring with them for donations could be used to pay the mental health professionals hired to replace all those false “father” and “mother” figures that used to “lord it” over them while filling their heads with nonsense.
Damn! These changes would make for one hell of a start on correcting the social irregularities that ail us. In fact, they may well help to solve our economic woes as well, since there’ll be no more single mothers on welfare and with all the mental help professionals we’d be hiring. And fear not, for if these steps prove to be insufficient, I’ve got plenty more changes we can get to work on!
Think I’m crazy? Well imagine how I feel, having been surrounded by people I think are crazy my whole life. Or did you just think referring to these posts as “Pleas from the bowels of Hell on Earth” and this world as a “global asylum” were mere jokes on my part? Trust me, they weren’t!
But as to the ideas I’ve presented here, I’ll just say that they’re an exaggerated (and, I hope, humorous) mix of things I threw together just to make a point. If you want to know what I REALLY think, then you’ll just have to choose from the stuff I’ve already written for the Major Rants and Tolerance… Not! volumes of this blog.
Those of you who are STILL determined to deny your fellow citizens their rights REALLY ought to take a moment to consider the philosophical end of the path you’ve chosen:
“In Germany, they first came for the gypsies, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a gypsy. Then they came for the Bolsheviks, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Bolshevik. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics. I didn’t speak up then because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak up.”
– Martin Niemoller, A Lutheran Pastor arrested by the Gestapo in 1937
“Any alleged ‘right’ of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another, is not and cannot be a right.”
– Ayn Rand
I want ice water.