Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | November 10, 2015

Picoblog Question – 2015 – Post #71

Picoblog Question – 2015 – Post #71

In this country, we have been very careful to protect the individual rights, traditions, and beliefs of specific minority groups. Is there a group we may have forgotten?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Yes. The majority is also a group of individuals with rights, traditions, and beliefs that should never be trampled upon either.

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Responses

  1. Thank you, Ashley. I’m not even sure what “the majority” means, but I think in our rush to protect the rights of every conceivable minority – including the perverts of LGBT – we’ve totally trampled on the rights of ordinary tax-paying citizens.

    • One of the most beautiful aspects of the US Constitution and its Amendments, David, is the way respect is given to all citizens, whether they are in the majority or in one of our numerous minorities. We are all one people–including ordinary taxpayers. Cheers, Ashley

  2. Technically I agree, but I can’t think of a majority group who’s right are being trampled on. I like your response to David 🙂

    • Your note got me to thinking about how many majority groups are impacted, D. Wallace. Thank you.

      David offered the ordinary taxpayers, and I agree–the middle class has been pummeled by ever-increasing taxes. I recently heard a politician propose a 90% tax that would take away the income most middle-class families need to pay for their food, water, shelter, and other necessities of life. This tax would trample all over their rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

      Small businesses (mom-and-pop stores) are another majority that have been hurt badly by the 35% tax and the thousands upon thousands of regulations, each adding to the expenses and making it harder for the small businesses to create new jobs. Historically, these businesses account for about 70% of the jobs created in this country. However, due to taxes and regulations, we are now losing more small businesses than we are starting up. This means fewer jobs are available, and the trend is contributing to the lowest employment participation rate in about 40 years.

      Another majority is the population of Christians in this country. While their views vary widely from denomination to denomination, they should never be told by any politician that they must change their religious beliefs. I actually heard a politician demand this. It is a clear violation of Christians’ freedom of religion, a constitutional right.

      I’m still thinking about other majorities and whether their constitutional rights are being trampled. I’ll try to share any new insights if I come up with any.

      Please share your insights, too.

      Cheers, Ashley

      • Thanks for the reply, Ashley. I have no idea what politicians you refer to. They don’t sound mainstream at all, more like kooks. I’ve never heard a politician suggest a 90% tax rate for anyone, let alone the middle class. I’ve also never heard a politician suggest that Christians change their religion. There are people with bizarre thoughts like these, but they are so out there that I don’t think anyone is served when the media publicizes their extreme views. They only incite fear and that does no one any good.

      • Unfortunately, D. Wallace, these views are not as rare as you and I would wish. Someday soon, perhaps. I remain as always an eternal optimist. Cheers, Ashley

  3. The rights of all should be protected and not trampled on. But it is in everyone’s best interest to start a conversation with the sincere belief that what most people say/do/act isn’t intended to be offensive. Respect means shifting your paradigm to see that everything isn’t about you, the individual.

    • So true, Linda. But thinking of others can be very difficult. If one is fighting for one’s constitutional rights, it can be difficult to notice when one is about to trample on someone else’s constitutional rights. You’re right–we all need to develop “peripheral vision.” Cheers, Ashley


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