Do-Gooders Destroying Our Freedom? A Response.
And I've tolerated quite a bit in my young years...
You Have No Idea How Painful...
It was for me to use a phrase like "Do-Gooder". I feel like a much less intelligent mafia boss, or the wife of Harvey Keitel's character in Sister Act. "Hey, honey, there's do gooders on TV. We should send them money." Or, "I'll show dem two bit do-gooders that they messed wit da wrong mafia boss."
Like F-beans, can you really take someone who uses that phrase in a serious discussion, well, seriously? If you can, all the power to you. I on the other hand am not that tolerant.
This a paraphrased version of the question I have decided to provide a response too. You may, of course, disagree with me in the comments section. Or wherever it is you go to disagree with something you've read online. But if you comment more people will read this so, feel free is all I'm saying.
Er, right, the question.
Do you agree that "do-gooders" are destroying our freedom?
Again this is paraphrased, mostly because I don't want to be flagged for plagiarism, but also because I don't want to subject anyone to the drain that question has caused in my brain. I did, however, provide a cursory response to the question. Summing up my feelings with, "if you don't like the law where you are, than leave."
You may, of course, follow the discussion over at the actual question. But I have decided to answer this person's response in a hub. And by the way, the hub modules have been titled correctly, as that is how this hubber has worded them. Here goes.
freedoms like whether we wear a seatbelt or a life jacket or a helmut.
Okay...I could be wrong here. But I'm fairly certain there is no amendment in the Constitution for this. When the Declaration of Independence was finally signed, I'm pretty sure Franklin left out the part that said, "And whoever shall driveth upon highway 101, whilst jabbering away upon their cellphones and pouring sugar and cream into their flimsy foam coffee cups, which are clenchedeth between their knees, will be given the option of securing themselves safely in the event that their idiocy causes an inevitable car crash."
However, lets take this logic a little further. You want the freedom to not have to wear proper protection on the highway. Well, why not. So if you crash and that seatbelt that could have saved your life isn't on you, maybe the paramedics should have a freedom of not helping you, because clearly you have made your choice.
Unfortunately that's not a decision the paramedic got to make. So he was forced to haul your behind to the hospital, tying up an ambulance and the emergency technicians who could have been helping someone who was suffering from a heart attack, or who had just gotten mugged. Suddenly your insurance has the freedom not to cover you, which means those employees of the medical profession won't get paid and won't be able to take care of their expenses because they took care of your free wheeling behind. All because you had the "freedom" to go joyriding without proper protection.
Maybe if it weren't for people who mistake freedom for "things they got away with until the police caught them and they were forced to face a consequence", we wouldn't need highway patrolmen ticketing people for not wearing their safety belts.
That Bill, it was written by people like you. Granted, those people had a grasp of basic written English.
freedoms that should be our personal choice. choice that each person is capable of making themselves.
You do have the freedom of choice. You can choose to disobey the law. You can choose to go down to Washington and lobby and protest against the law. You have all of these wonderful choices. Just like you're choosing to use hub to spout off your nonsensical and poorly written ranting.
God, am I only person that remembers this little ditty? ----->
If we don't agree with a law, or we think a law should be made, we have this wonderful ability to write our very own bill. It's not hard. Just go to your local social studies or civic sciences professor and ask him or her to show you the proper way to format it.
Can any other country boast such an incredible freedom? You, the average citizen have the freedom to try to change the law. Just like you have the freedom of responsibility if you break that law.
Boy, lets see School House Rock tackle this One...
Alaska - Which explains how Palin became governer.
Arizona - But you'd better also be a legal resident or you'll be in worse shape.
California - Which, again, explains their choice of governer. It also explains how the gentleman in the photo at the top ever had a career.
DC - What do you know? Our Nation's capital where all of your freedoms come from. Makes ya think, don't it?
Hawaii - But you better have your medical perscription handy or the Dog'll get you.
Maine - Home of Stephen King, Lobsters, and Barnabas Collins. (If you don't know who that is, look him up.)
Michigan - Ah, the home of Megatokyo author Fred Gallagher. It's also where The Time Traveler's Wife took place.
Montana - I got nothing for Montana. Sorry to my readers from Montanna, I just got nothing.
Nevada - Home of Las Vegas. Hey, what happens there stays there.
New Jersey - That explains most Kevin Smith movies pretty nicely actually.
New Mexico - Home of Roswell...coincidence?
Oregon - For all you Twilight fans out there.
Rhode Island - Thank you Prooovidence, thank you dissilusionmeeeeent.
Vermont - My home state. Also the home of Ben and Jerry.
Washington - Also the home of Twilight. That makes three states that are connected to Twilight in some way, which actually makes me wonder...
why is pot still illegal ?
Ah yes. When you read how this person wrote the question, suddenly it's very clear why this would ever come up.
For the record, marijuana is perfectly legal in states that recognize it as a medicinal substence. You do have to pay the state a fee, of course, and you prove that it is a medical usage. The following states are listed here. ---->
Also, for the record, I am not advocating the use of marijuanna. I am simply providing the information that is provided by state governments and the reader has the "Freedom" to do with it what they will.
And perhaps if there weren't so many crimes and innocent people being harmed in connection to heavy marijuanna usage, the Federal government wouldn't mind it so much. Unfortunately, because you live in a country where you value a police system that protects you from criminals, you are obligated to obey that system when it considers something a crime.
Yeah, you know where this is going don't you...
As the old saying goes...
why should anyone decide what others should do that are each person's personal choice.
I'm going to close this off as a reminder.
No one is taking away your personal choices. You have the personal right to do whatever the heck flies into that American born head of yours. But likewise, I have the right to safer roads, and an environment that is drug free.
In no way does your right over shadow my personal rights. And in a country that values the rights of every individual (and there are a lot of individuals in this country) you can't always get what you want.