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» posted on Monday, February 4th, 2013 at 9:57 pm by Jeremy Herrera
This post may surprise you because this first of a series will not be about rights that the federal or state governments have tried and been able to remove from you. No, this is the self inflected remove of rights you have allowed to be removed from you in various places under the guise of so called safety or fear of offending someone else. I also know that many of you may very well disagree with my opinion and maybe even offended at the thoughts I will express… Well being that this is the United States of America, you have the right to be offended just as much as I have the right to speak my mind.
So, what exactly is the first of the series about? Well it is about the small rights that we, and I mean all of us have allowed to be taken away from us. This rights vary from being able to wear a certain color of clothes to allowing our kids to be able to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at school. Sure this seem small things to most people but they are the very reasons that we have lost many much bigger rights. This simple rights have all been lost because of fear.
Fear of safely walking down our public streets because of a gangbanger’s idiotic claim to or hatred to a color that a different gang claims. The fear of offending someone that believes hunting and fishing is cruel because we like to hunt or fish for our own food source. The fear of showing our religious beliefs by wearing a Crucifix to a public school because it may offend someone of a different faith or of no faith. The list goes on and on…
What gets me the most is the fact that this country was founded on the principles that we all were free and had the right to do whatever we wanted to as long as we didn’t remove the rights of another citizen. Sure sometime my rights may not be your cup of tea and you may be offended by them, just as I may be offended by your chosen rights. Now that doesn’t mean that a person can walk around the streets naked, that would not just offend others but also remove the rights of the majority to freely walk the streets without fear of sexual improprieties or disturbance of the peace.
That kind of leads me to my point. When the country was founded and created, it was the majority that ruled and not the minority of the people. But it seems today that the minority of the people are ruling the country and making rules that the majority are afraid to speak against. The majority is more worried about offending others or be called a racist, uncaring, troublemaker, or a whole host of other comments because of the minority believing that they are entitled to more than they deserve.
Let me set you straight on what I mean. I don’t mean that we should have any form of discrimination of the past. On the contrary, I believe that everyone should have the same opportunities of the next according to their abilities. You just aren’t entitled to a job or higher education because of your color or race, but if you are more qualified then you should get the job.
The rights I am talking about are the ones that prevent our children from wearing certain colors to school or wearing their clothes a certain way. I was just recently informed that kids in my local high school are prevented from wearing long socks with shorts because of gangs using it as a sign of their membership. That is such BS! While I understand that it is a matter of safety and the school is to protect the children, as an American I am tired of seeing gangs taking over how we can dress.
Then there is the bans I have read about wear a student is told to go home because they wore a Crucifix or Rosary beads because it may offend the Muslim child that attends the school. How can it be that because one child may be offended that we take the rights away from the rest of the entire school? That was not what the First Amendment was about! It also was not about the school banning those items from the people, it was about the government not forcing the people to have any one religion. Yet, most people are more afraid of standing up for their rights because they may be called out for it.
The latest rights I see being invaded is the right for you to send your child to school with the healthy food that you know they will eat. This is because of a couple of kids in a school that have or may have a food allergy to peanuts. Yes I understand the health concerns of that family, but there are cases where a family can only afford peanut butter or their child is disabled and will only eat peanut sandwiches. Should precautions be made for the child with the allergy? Yes, but not by removing the rights of the majority. Back when I went to school their were many kids with peanut allergies, but not once did the school prevent others from eating peanuts. No instead they helped all the students in the school. Side note, do you see schools sending out letters preventing balloons in school because of latex allergies?
What exactly am I proposing? I am simply proposing that “We the People” stand up and take our rights back. Be heard and stop fearing people calling you names. Think about what our military over the past 236 years have done to protect your rights to be heard and to enjoy the freedoms of those millions have died for. Remember how much the Founding Fathers risked to create this great country. Many lost more than just their homes and property, many lost their families and wealth to create this country. Benjamin Franklin himself lost his own son during the war, not because he was killed but his son was a loyalist. He never saw his son during or after the war.
Now, if they could give everything to create and protect this country, why isn’t more standing up today to voice their freedoms and protect our rights? No matter how big or small the right is, everyone is a freedom lost if not protected.
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» posted on Friday, May 27th, 2011 at 8:45 am by Jeremy Herrera
I’m not sure what bugs me more on this story, the fact that the VA is trying to block someone’s 1st amendments or that there should even be the question of the rights of this preacher or anyone else on hollowed ground of men that fought and died to give the people of the US the rights in the first place!
Let’s face it, the 1st amendment does not say you must or must not be of a certain religion but that you have the right to practice your religion without the government forcing or prohibiting the freedom of it. Then on top of that it also states that you have the freedom of speech… Not a limit of it! The fact of the matter is that even if it was a Buddhist saying the prayer, those of other faiths should stand and be respectful.
As for the Rabbi that said we should stand united on this day… Yes we should. We should do it by respecting the reason those men and women died… For each person to have the freedom to choose their faith or lack of it without fear of the government controlling it.
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