The Truths about the Confederate Flag II and Bill of Rights II 6/20/03

Just when you think a topic has been beaten to death, I hear from yet-another unrepresented viewpoint. Let's hear what this letter-writer has to say.

I really enjoyed an old web page I found of yours. It was regarding the truth about the confederate flag. I just wanted to say that the flag is a way of life--most of which you described correctly.

What can I say? Sometimes, I get lucky.

I wanted to add to your comments.

Please do.

1. It's away of life which only tolerates its own.

I'll buy that.

2. It creates inferiority in white people. (They act the way they do towards others who are different than them because they are afraid.)

That too.

3. They think the way to prove that they aren't afraid is to threaten violence and to make violent remarks--especially if they cant control a situation.

And that.

4. They think the way to prove they arent afraid is to make some violent act occur--usually some cowardly act.

example>.. if you are black or latin they will gang up on you or find one who is much smaller than them to pick on.

example>...if you are white but not redneck like them then they will threaten you but then use the excuse of a fight to use a weapon and claim "their life depended on it"

example>... a redneck coward will turn around and play the victim in a situation, if all else fails, he can always portray himself as just a good ole country boy who has been wronged or wrongly persecuted.

No problems with any of these so far.

5. They are two-faced. "Hi" to your face, "n****r!" to your back.

Whoa! I had to edit that word out. I know it's not wrong in this context and all--but we can't have that word showing up on search engines. Fuck is okay--but the n-word could really attract some undesirables. You understand.

6. They always think their wives are screwing around on them--which may be at least half true.

I've got no direct experience with this one--have to take your word for it.

7. The dialogue that I read between you and this flag supporter seem to demonstrate most of these "ways of life"

Yeah--it really did, didn't it?

8. There is an unfortunate amount of women who respond to them thereby perpetuating future generations. The women cant help it or they are brought up in the same dysfunction and low self esteem makes you gravitate to your own kind in a search for security. Its really sick.

That it is.

So, i hope this will clarify for everyone just what "way of life" for most confederate flag supporters really means.

Take it from someone who knows first hand what its like to be a white man raised in the rural south-one who doesnt embrace the confederacy's symbolisms and "way of life".

Its not easy going against that on a daily basis.

As you can see, i have given this some thought..maybe too much!

Come to think of it, I've given it an awful lot of thought myself.

I appreciate any further commentary you may have on the subject.

Best wishes!
J.D. -see? i even have a redneck name! lol!

Ah, J.D. ... I surely do envy your name.

I'm not sure what more I can say about racism, and the pinheads who continue to practice it. There are two reasons for this: 1) I'm a little rusty on this opinionating thing, and 2) I think I've made my opinion on racism very, extremely clear in past posts.

And then there's this other letter I got, which clarifies a 'Bill of No Rights' thing I got a couple of years ago.

I have to say, this may be one of the best researched letters I've ever received. It's from someone who called himself 'Barez'--and I mention his name now because he doesn't mention it himself anywhere in the letter. He doesn't even really sign it.

He covers every single one of the other bases, though.

In ref to the "Bill of No Rights" article on your site.

This email is a strong statement of carrying responsibility for one's own life and attributed to Representative Mitchell Kay (R-Marietta), from Cobb County, GA. a George state legislature.

Mitchell Kaye, a Georgia state representative from Marietta, is not the originator of the piece. The famed "Bill of No Rights" was written in 1993 by Lewis Napper, a self-described amateur philosopher and from Mississippi who ran for a U.S. Senate seat in 2000 as a Libertarian.

Kaye's name likely became associated with it through the innocent act of finding the article in his inbox and liking it enough to forward to friends. People tend to leave official-looking signatures intact when they forward e-mail, and his name's remaining with the piece beyond the initial round of forwardings could easily have created the impression that he was the article's creator.

Kaye is quick to give credit where credit is due, and his office routinely informs those who ask about the "Bill of No Rights" of its true authorship.

On 19 July 2000, advice columnist Ann Landers published a truncated version of the piece, attributing it to Kaye. (Left out were the points about free health care and sending troops to fight in foreign wars.) She praised his "tough 'do-it-yourself' position" and declared the language he used to convey his message "delicious."

The "Bill" resonates with folks because it addresses a number of issues that have often led many of us to shake our heads in disbelief. This Bill of Rights parody strikes straight at the heart of the sense of entitlement so often displayed by those who feel the world owes them a living.

Note Article as Written Unchanged:

"We, the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid any more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt-ridden, deluded, and other liberal bed-wetters. We hold these truths to be self-evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim that they require a Bill of No Rights."

ARTICLE I:
You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

ARTICLE II:
You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone -- not just you! You may leave the room, change the channel, or express a different opinion, but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.

ARTICLE III:
You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful, do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

ARTICLE IV:
You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.

ARTICLE V:
You do not have the right to free health care That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we're just not interested in public health care.

ARTICLE VI:
You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don't be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair.

ARTICLE VII:
You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don't be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won't have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure.

ARTICLE VIII:
You don't have the right to demand that our children risk their lives in foreign wars to soothe your aching conscience. We hate oppressive governments and won't lift a finger to stop you from going to fight if you'd like. However, we do not enjoy parenting the entire world and do not want to spend so much of our time battling each and every little tyrant with a military uniform and a funny hat.

ARTICLE IX:
You don't have the right to a job. Sure, all of us want all of you to have one, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

ARTICLE X:
You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to pursue happiness -- which, by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an overabundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

If you agree, we strongly urge you to forward this to as many people as you can. No, you don't have to, and nothing tragic will befall you should you not forward it. We just think it is about time common sense is allowed to flourish -- call it the age of reason revisited.

Sources:

    Labbe, J.R.   "You Do Not Have the Right to . . ."
    The Buffalo News.   27 June 1999   (p. H4).

    Landers, Ann.   "Ann Landers" (syndicated column).
    19 July 2000.

    The Ottawa Citizen.   "You Don't Have the Right to Be Stupid and Lazy."
    2 June 1999   (p. A19).

I mean, holy crap! The guy even has a bibliography!

I should have known a libertarian wrote that. Why-oh-why didn't I see that coming? I was gonna edit some stuff out of that letter--but anyone who puts that much trouble into a letter to an idiot like me deserves to have every word of it published.

Unless he'd included the n-word, in which case I've have to edit that sucker right out.

(This Truth is continued in The Truth about the Confederate Flag III.)