One concept that has been repeatedly brought to my attention by friends who have served in the military is that when you enlist in the military, you are considered the property of the U.S. Government. You go into this willingly, knowing that by the act of enlisting for service, you will be giving up certain rights and privileges.
But when did the common citizen become the property of the government?
In 1990, a woman by the name of Terri Schiavo suffered a heart attack that deprived her brain of oxygen and has left her in a “persistent vegetative state” since that time. With no hope of recovery, her husband asked that the tube which feeds her be removed so that she can finally have rest, and die with dignity.
Instead of being allowed this dignity, Terri has become the focal point of a political battle over the rights of the individual, and the rights of the government. Once again, we find ourselves walking the battlefield of who has the rights over the individual’s body.
During the rather turbulent period of this case, Governor Jeb Bush suggested that he should take custody of Schiavo away from her legal guardian-her husband-in order to keep her alive and on the feeding tubes which have been sustaining her for the last 15 years. President Bush then cut short his vacation to sign a bill put forth by the Republican-controlled Congress that would have stripped Schiavo of the right to die. They even put baby monitors near her bead to hear her dying.
These intrusions into the lives of the general population have continued and have expanded into other areas. The woman’s right to decide whether or not she should have an abortion is constantly in the news, most recently with South Dakota’s abortion law. Homosexuals are being made to be the new human “sub-species”-much like African Americans were up until the 1960s, they have less rights than other Americans because they are a bit different.
My question is this: when did our elected officials become clairvoyant enough to “know the mind” of an individual? And why do they think they have the right to intrude upon the institution of marriage and family?
I believe part of the problem stems from the perceptions of the American public. For some reason, many Americans see the politician as someone greater than themselves-that somehow they are blessed with some divine wisdom and that is why they are in the position they are in now.
If you believe that, I have a bridge in New Jersey I’ll sell you…cheap.
The politicians in Washington, D.C. are not blessed, and they are no more special than the individual. They are, in fact, employees of the American people. This being the case, I’d ask that you consider the following.
Each day, you wake up and leave the house to go to a job. You punch the time clock and do what your boss tells you. You may not always agree with the boss, but you do as they say because you need to work in order to have the money to take care of yourself and your family. You could always tell the boss what to do, but there’s always the risk that the boss will tell you what to do, like find another job.
Now, as the politicians are our employees, why are we letting them tell us what to do? Why are we allowing them to dictate how we must live and now, seemingly, how we must die?
The most obvious reply is that the politicians are only doing what the polls tell them the constituents want. Nevermind the fact that these same polls are only taken from a small portion of the population and are often slanted to favor whichever party or PAC initially paid for it.
The actual answer and the one most people least like hearing is that the population is too lazy to learn the truth, and are too ignorant to make an informed decision or to take action that would be in their best interest. These people then have no complaints if something isn’t to their liking, as they made no effort to prevent it from happening. Unfortunately, the rest of us are often forced to suffer for the ignorance and lack of action on the parts of these people.
I do have to question who is worse…these ignorant people, or the rest of us for not educating them better or taking a stand against acts against infringements of personal freedoms that were once protected under the Constitution.