Friday, September 4, 2009

Is there a right to opinion?

In today's society, opinions vary like the wind. From the average citizen to the bureaucrat, the aspect of these opinions are individualized. Every individual opines their thoughts into everyday life. Therefore, the very mention of anything relating to the government, falls prey to the demeanor of that individual. This is where the facts become distorted.

With today's technology, there is no reason to be ignorant of the facts. Even with such technology, we tend to form opinion on these matters. It could easily be said to follow the facts, yet the facts can be very unsettling. This being said, “...we can't handle the truth...”.

The current concerns of the issues of government have formed barriers, in regards to everyday society. That can be expected in dealings with the possible demise of constituted liberties. Such concerns have awakened the citizen. This citizen has prospered in the “American Way”. We have come to accept the maneuvering of our elected representatives, to protect their agendas. These agendas have taken control of our very being. If not affronted, they will dissolve our Constitutional Republic.

The careered politician has taken to a defensive stance, when questioned of their obligated duties. They become contentious, in their dealings with the constituent. Government, as a whole, have come to expect our subservience. It is to their ire, an awakening towards the means of their position. This position of “elitism” has shown their true intentions.

Government involvement, of any kind, in the everyday dealings of society cannot be tolerated. "As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions."-- James Madison, National Gazette essay, March 27, 1792. This involvement can only bring about a social servility to the masters of aristocracy.

The citizen's cause can be legitimized in the 1st Amendment. This amendment brought about the freedoms that we tend to take for granted. The “Bill of Rights” states, “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.” This is a powerful statement. The very meaning of our rights can be found within these words. Therefore, an elected representative cannot thwart our opinions on the matters of government. These representatives are required to hear our grievances. It is explained in this amendment.

There are some that say the Constitution is open to interpretation. That is an opinion that I find utterly disheartening. The document establishes the very foundation by which we live today. Believers in interpretation, only see what they want to believe. They fear the idea that such freedom exists, and can only disrupt their agenda. Agenda may seem a harsh word, yet the very meaning is an underlying often ideological plan or program. Is that not what the careered individuals believe? Yes, it is. They thrive on your naivete and ignorance, towards their actions.

Public trust is the supposed basis for the elected official. They take an oath to solemnly defend and preserve such public trust. Included in that oath is the promise to defend and uphold the Constitution. I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God. Is that statement complicated? You might think so, if you listen to politicians. They want us to believe that they have a right to such position, and it is our duty to fulfill their ideology. That is just their “opinion”. They have only one right, once they enter public office. That right is to oblige the electorate with the proper performance of their duties. If the duties cannot, or will not be fulfilled they will have forgone their right of office. This is the reason it is called public office.

All said and done, I have given you “my” opinion. What is yours?


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