Friday, August 05, 2005

The Friday Furo Questus

Questus Furore
As mentioned in the
Jonah Goldberg piece I link to below, as British police arrested three of the four failed bombers in the past week one of them screamed "I have rights!" The irony of that is, in so refusing to kill him on sight, the police had already shown more respect for his rights than he was prepared to show his fellow Londoners. This is the rub of modern terrorism. Terrorists have the advantages of initiative and camoflage; they can live in and among our societies, protected by our laws even as they seek to destroy them.

This statement is also symptomatic of a "rights-obsessed culture." I'm using the scare quotes here (" ") because I want to make clear this point: it is good to know what your Constitutional rights are. I'm talking about the people who believe they have "a right to" party drunk and naked in their front yard all night long. People who want their rights, but refuse to accept the responsiblities that go with them. People who forget their rights only extend to the point where they infringe on the rights of others.

There are two things I ask all of us to remember:
1. With rights come responsibilities; responsibilities to defend those rights, and the responsibilities to exercise those rights properly, safely, and with respect for your fellow men - or be prepared to bear the consequences if you do not.
2. Just because you have the right to do something does not always mean you should.

Or put more succinctly, just because you can act like an a** doesn't mean you should.

As for the "
Local Politics" post below: I'd make a lousy senator. Someone would make a stupid statement, I'd read into the record that that person is a moron, and that Senator Byrd is a thieving [CENSORED] [CENSORED] old [CENSORED] [SO VERY CENSORED] and be expelled from the Senate. On the first day.

Recommended Reading
Victor Davis Hanson
looks back at Hiroshima.
"The truth, as we are reminded so often in this present conflict, is that usually in war there are no good alternatives, and leaders must select between a very bad and even worse choice. Hiroshima was the most awful option imaginable, but the other scenarios would have probably turned out even worse."

Jonah Goldberg: "I have rights!"

Thought of the Week
"Let the pulpit resound with the doctrine and sentiments of religious liberty. Let us hear of the dignity of man's nature, and the noble rank he holds among the works of God... Let it
be known that British liberties are not the grants of princes and parliaments."
-- John Adams (Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765)

Reference: The Most Nearly Perfect Solution, Guinness, 3-26; and John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty, Thompson, 54. My source:
The Heritage Foundation's quote library.

Churchill Quote of the Week
"All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."
--
Sir Winston Churchill

4 Comments:

At 12:05 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

What a wacko! When you commit crimes you forfeit a lot of your rights. That's the consequence.

Too many people do not want to take responsibility for their actions. Just look at abortion. From a certain point of view I am very Pro-Choice...a woman has the God-given right to CHOOSE whether or not to have sex. By CHOOSING to have sex, she has CHOSEN the consequence of possibly becoming pregnant. That was her CHOICE! She CHOSE the consequence! And I think abortion is wrong except in extreme circumstances.

Society is turning into "do whatever you want if it makes you feel good." No accountability.

 
At 4:00 PM, Blogger Maine Man said...

Amen Tyler. "Freedom of xyz" does not mean "Freedom from xyz" nor does it mean "Freedom from the consequences associated with xyz." My favorite example is freedom of the press. Yes, the press is free to say what it wants, but that does not mean that the press is not responsible for the consequences of their actions.

For example: when Newsweek printed the lies about the Koran being flushed and it caused riots in Afghanistan the author of the article and the editors should have been criminally charged. They hide behind "freedom of the press" as if it makes them above the law. If I yelled "fire" in a crowded theater I would be charged with any accidents resulting from my actions. I can scream "freedom of speech" all I want I would still be held responsible.

I agree, too, with Nate's observations on Pro-choice with one exception: we have the right to choose our actions but we CANNOT choose the consequences. As individuals we do not determine what the consequences will be instead we choose to accept the risk of such consequences.

 
At 4:02 PM, Blogger Maine Man said...

The consequences are chosen by society (in the case of a broken law) and by God (in the case of choosing to have sex).

 
At 8:56 AM, Blogger Nathan said...

True, we do not decide what the consequence will be. However, in most instances we have knowledge beforehand of what the consequence for a certain action will be.

Therefore, if we know what the consequence will be beforehand, yet choose the action anyway, have we not CHOSEN the consequence when we CHOSE the action?

 

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