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Mayor Bloomberg says…

October 6, 2009

New York’s Mayor Bloomberg said Sunday” “We live in a world where we have to have a balance. We can’t just say everybody can go everyplace and do anything they want.”

Such is the mentality of those in powerful elected offices today. They think it is their place to make our daily decisions for us.  I understand, and even agree with, the need to defend against the threat of terrorism. I also understand that terrorism is just one example of the crimes that a free people must defend against.

I go so far as understanding and accepting the vast majority of the P.A.T.R.I.O.T Act’s provisions, though it should include strict and straightforward penalties for defined abuses of it. It should also state clearly who and what entities will be punished for those defined abuses. I know, and will say without reservation, that Law enforcement must be able to observe in order to function. I also know that the Supreme Law of the land sets boundaries this observation must remain within.

Mayor Bloomberg has demonstrated the mistake far too many in positions of power are making today, a mistake too many have been making for far too long. I wrote about this very thing yesterday. Somehow, this vile notion that violating Citizen’s Civil Liberties is the proper way to serve, protect and defend has creeped into the mentality of the educated elite who have such a stranglehold on elected offices and major political parties.

Mayor Bloomberg, you, along with the rest of your government cronies, don’t get to decide for me what it is I do or where it is I go. These decisions do not belong to you, or any other politician. This means they are not your decisions to make. They belong to me. They are my decisions to make.  Now, if I do something, or go somewhere, that violates another person’s Liberty or Liberties, then by all means, make vociferous use of the Supreme Law of the land and the code it justly allows to see me punished for doing so.

Until then, Don’t Tread On Me!

My self determination, my Individual Liberties, are not something for you, or any other authority figure, to ‘balance’. Doing so, or even attempting to do so, is nothing more than an example of you and your ilk showing for all to see that you have become that which you claim to be defending against.

In the words of His Honor Justice Antonin Scalia, “We know of no other enumerated constitutional right whose core protection has been subjected to a freestanding ‘interest-balancing’ approach. The very enumeration of the right takes out of the hands of government – even the Third Branch of Government – the power to decide on a case-by-case basis whether the right is really worth insisting upon. A constitutional guarantee subject to future judges’ assessments of its usefulness is no constitutional guarantee at all.
Constitutional rights are enshrined with the scope they were understood to have when the people adopted them, whether or not future legislatures or (yes) even future judges think that scope too broad. We would not apply an “interest-balancing” approach to the prohibition of a peaceful neo-Nazi march through Skokie. See National Socialist Party of America v. Skokie, 432 U. S. 43 (1977) (per curiam). The First Amendment contains the freedom-of-speech guarantee that the people ratified, which included exceptions for obscenity, libel, and disclosure of state secrets, but not for the expression of extremely unpopular and wrong-headed views. The Second Amendment is no different. Like the First, it is the very product of an interest-balancing by the people-which JUSTICE BREYER would now conduct for them anew. And whatever else it leaves to future evaluation, it surely elevates above all other interests the right of law-abiding, responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home.”

While this Supreme Court decision quote rests in the context of a ruling about the Second Amendment, it’s far reaching and profound meaning spans all Individual Liberties. This is especially true regarding the particular quote I offer from that decision.

I say to Mayor Bloomberg, and to all those who would defend his position, please go read the Constitution of the United States of America and then decide for yourself if you want to uphold it or, instead, continue to defy it. Know that, as each day passes, more people are doing that very thing all over this country and that they are organizing  in an effort to stand together against those of you who will defy and undermine the Constitution and our Liberty it was created to protect and defend.

Mayor Bloomberg owes every American, especially New Yorkers, a very deep and meaningful apology for this remark. He, along with all the folks who think as he does, need to step back for a moment and view with open eyes the error of their ways. For it is they who are destroying the great American experiment with their misbegotten ways.

Embracing our rights, championing them and defending them from all who would offend against them, or try to remove them, made this nation strong and it’s people prosperous. The farther away from our roots we drift, the worse things become.

The balance Mayor Bloomberg seeks is created by checking government’s power, not by curtailing or ignoring Individual Liberties to increase government control.

A tyrannical police state is not the answer.

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