I cannot let this forwarded e-mail go unanswered. My 12-step stay out of politics program isn't working anyway. I just couldn't allow them to break my fingers. I do medical transcription for a living. I provided the RESPONSES.
NEW PREAMBLE TO THE CONSTITUTION
This is probably the best e-mail I've seen in a long, long time. The following has been attributed to State Representative Mitchell Kaye from GA. This guy should run for President one day...
RESPONSE: This is as close as I get to praying: God help us all!
"We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get
along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid 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, delusional, and other liberal bed-wetters.
RESPONSE: Fascinating! One would think liberals had saddled this country with the massive, unprecedented debt incurred by this Republican administration! Remember? The debt that your children and grandchildren will pay.
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 they require a Bill of NON-Rights."
RESPONSE: I have never been known to be transfixed by My Pet Goat.
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.
RESPONSE: I have yet to see anyone marching in the streets because they don't have these items, or claim that they are an inalienable right.
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, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc.; but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.
RESPONSE: Too bad your Republican administration doesn't take this to heart, Mr. Kaye. But I guess you didn't actually specify wearing a T-shirt that might offend or that because one wrote a book critical of Bush that person would end up on the No-Fly List. As a matter of fact, I turn the TV off every day. The non-reporting that passes for information in this country anymore isn't worth the time.
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.
RESPONSE: What a small slice of the American misdeed pie this is; almost so miniscule as to be unnoticeable--not even any calories. People who try this usually end up regretting it, as they should. Whereas, such organizations as large tobacco companies who lie to the public about the safety of their products have friends in the "Just-Us" Department. "Senior Justice Department officials overrode the objections of career lawyers running the government's tobacco racketeering trial and ordered them to reduce the penalties sought at the close of the nine-month trial by $120 billion, internal documents and interviews show."
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. (This one is my pet peeve...get an education and go to work....don't expect everyone else to take care of you!)
RESPONSE: Try it, you'll like it, as I'm sure most of them do. And for the sake of equal opportunity (I, too, can turn the screws), try addressing some of the massive corporate welfare that passes unnoticed.
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.
RESPONSE: "Healthcare accounts for 16% of US GDP and 19% of total public spending; it is the largest sector of the US economy. By contrast the Canadian medicare system covers the whole population and accounts for 9% of GDP and 15% of government spending. The WHO ranks the US 15th in global health standards and Canada second." Second? Then why can't we buy their medications at their cheaper prices? They're made by the very same companies. Oh, yeah, that old one, our government is protecting us. "There might be poison pills!" Couldn't be the drug company lobbyists, could it?
I stopped going to Canada just for that reason; all those dead Canadians littering the roadway after taking poison medications.
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.
RESPONSE: But we do insist on arming ourselves to the hilt which results in a
whole lot of accidental death, guns to the left of us, guns to the right of us
and no shortage of angry people.
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.
RESPONSE: Oh come on, fry these people in the electric chair too. It'll give you less to complain about. And if you think crime is a problem today, just wait until this country suffers the inevitable results of the last 6 years of mismanagement and enabled corporate greed.
ARTICLE VIII: You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have
a job, 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.
RESPONSE: After all, with an excellent education, you too can be president! You won't even have to study! And don't complain about Bush failing to take advantage of better interest rates for student loans. After all, he probably thinks you'll appreciate your education more if you suffer for it.
ARTICLE IX: 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 over abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.
RESPONSE: John F. Kennedy said, "...if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people; their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a
"Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal."
ARTICLE X: This is an English speaking country. We don't care where you are from,
English is our language. Learn it or go back to wherever you came from! (Lastly....)
RESPONSE: Omigosh, where have I heard that before? Ummm. Was it after the 2004 elections when those who couldn't figure out how Bush had stolen the election again were trying to spit the taste out of their mouths? Oh yeah, that's when. And in our case, we didn't even have a place wherever we came from to go back to.
ARTICLE XI: You do not have the right to change our country's history or heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yet, you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all; with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is part of our heritage and history, and if you are uncomfortable with it, TOUGH!
RESPONSE: Wait a minute here. Are you still talking about the Bill of Rights? The Constitution maybe? Nope! He's quoting from MONEY, although from the tone of this NON-bill, he wants to change that quote to "In This God we trust." In the last 6 years, large groups of "Christians" have supported this administration in untold corruption, untold death, untold lies and unprecedented failures. They have gutted every federal agency by naming heads from the very industries they are designed to regulate. Good-bye protection from harm! I suspect were Jesus on earth today, he'd throw the bums out of the White House, then visit the "Just-Us" Department, with a follow-up in Congress. Besides, if you were as educated as you claim, you'd be fully aware that America's true history and heritage often are changed before they reach the average man.
If you agree, share this with a friend. No, you don't have to, and nothing tragic
will befall you if you don't. I just think it's about time common sense is
allowed to flourish. Sensible people of the United States speak out because if
you do not, who will?
RESPONSE: This is common sense? Sounds more like the typical hate engendered in the last 6 years with a specific goal in mind. By the way, Mr. Kaye, may I suggest you actually read the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Sounds like you need a refresher course.