Skip to comments.The Bill of Non Rights
Posted on 01/26/2006 3:00:44 PM PST by concretebob
This is probably the best e-mail I've seen in a long, long time. The following has been attributed to State Representative Mitchell Aye from GA. This guy should run for President one day...** *
"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, and delusional. 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."
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, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc.; 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 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.
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.
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!
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!!!!
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 don't, stupid people will. *
Origins: 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.
Barbara "the living end" Mikkelson
Last updated: 19 July 2000
I'm GROSSLY offended by this! I'm going to sue someone's ass off. Get me the ACLU...
Like to see the reaction if it was posted on DU.
Albeit a "snopes semi-hoax" it would be funny as hell posted on DU.
State Representative Mitchell Aye from GA doesn't seem to exist. At least I haven't found such a state official on the Internet yet.
This has been posted on FR no less than 5 times previously...
If someone attributed to me I'd claim it.
They'd want to do some editing, I am sure.
I haven't searched beyond snopes for more info, but I'm sure it's out there.
Ethics, what a unique concept!
As posted on Ken Hamblin (aka the Black Avenger)'s Website When he was big
I think he dropped the ball on numbers 4 & 5. I was homeless living in my car and continuing to go thru major surgeries. No shelter would take me in because i couldn't work. (i had just lost my 4 bedroom home of 8 years cause rent was 700 a month and I couldn't afford that cause I was in a wheel chair at the time.) As for Law 5....the government has taken medicaid and made it impossible for me to find an orthopedic surgeon. I still need treatment and need my elbow replaced. But, now no Dr will see me because either they don't take medicaid or they are afraid because my case is to complicated. I think I have the right NOT to loose my arm.....or my life because of bureaucratic bullcrap AFTER I have worked since I was 13 & at age 16 I started getting paid and I am now 47....so I have paid my dues and now I need help and the government that I helped support will not in turn help me. And, I am going to send these remarks on to the man who wrote that preamble.