Irresistible Entry into the Left-Right Thumb Wrestle
Tea parties get a bad rap, especially the Washington, D.C., march where 1 million folks from all over the country exercised their God-given and constitutional right to assemble and protest peacefully. Thank heaven that right is still alive and well!
To which Mr. Kondon rebuffs:
To begin with, can anyone provide us with the word of God that gives us the right to assemble and protest? Would we find that in the Old or New Testament? I’m sure it’s there; God seems always to provide citations for the right wing.
Hmmm. I’m pretty sure the founding documents of our nation — not the Bible — offer the philosophical acknowledgment of our God-given rights as something prior to and superseding the state. The Declaration of Independence relates God, people, and the government thus:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…
God grants rights, and the government secures them. Toward enumerating some of the more important or vulnerable of these rights, the U.S. Congress collected, and the United States adopted, a Bill of Rights, the first one of which includes the following language:
the right of the people peaceably to assemble
Kondon goes on:
With a casual wave of her hand, Ms Zifcak says some placards, only a few, “were in poor taste.” In my lexicon, poor taste does not include comparing this president, or any president, to Hitler, or advocating his death.
One wonders what he thinks of the pictures to be found here of anti-Bush rallies. Perhaps he’ll hold them to be something other than “poor taste,” but whether he’d call them outrageous or well justified, I have my suspicions.