Benefits of America’s Bill of Rights–(Erratum!)

Benefits of America’s Bill of Rights–(Erratum!)

I apologize for accidental omissions at the beginning of my first attempt to post this blog.

The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights was designed to protect freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of the press. It also protects the freedom to assemble, to protest and to petition the government.

The Founding Fathers were also keenly aware of human’s moral and ethical fallibility. They knew that access to  power and wealth was a corrupting temptation that very few could resist. They knew, as B. F. Skinner and other behavioral psychologists have learned, that to establish healthy social relationships between people, as well as the those who govern and those who are governed, that control (influence by rule and consequences) must be reciprocal.

Because the Framers believed that self-protection was a God-given right, the Second Amendment was given the second highest position in the hierarchy of rights. They intended that the government was to be a government of the people and by the people and if the government were to devolve into tyranny, the people also had a God-given right to rise-up (under arms if necessary) and fashion a new government.

This ominous fact must be stated. But, do not think that I am advocating an armed over-throw of our government. I am certainly not. Not yet, anyway.

I still retain hope, though it is a fragile hope, that the recent tyrannical evolutions of America’s government can be reversed by an informed and motivated electorate. The Second Amendment protects the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms. “ A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Yes, at the time of America’s Founding, people had a right to hunt and to protect themselves from criminals. But the overarching reason for the second amendment was to allow citizens to protect themselves from the government!

I have heard progressives argue that this reason for the 2nd amendment is outmoded because the State’s modern military weaponry can easily trump citizens armed with pistols and rifles. I would ask them to tell that to the North Vietnamese and the radical Islamic terrorists. Simply put, a large militia with small arms is able to wreak havoc on a superior force, and they can “repatriate” more effective arms from a superior force in many clever and devastating ways.

America’s Bill of rights, with its eight other Amendments are all dedicated to protecting citizens from aversive treatment by the government. In the 3rd Amendment, our military cannot commandeer your home unless prescribed by law; the 4th protects the right to privacy and security in our homes prohibiting search without warrant; the 5th establishes fair rules for indictment, eminent domain, due process, self-incrimination and double jeopardy; the 6th grantees the right to a speedy public trial by jury, representation, and more; the 7th, grantees the right to trial by jury in civil cases according to common low; the 8th prohibits excessive fines, excessive bail, or cruel and unusual punishment; the 9th protects the rights of States that are not enumerated in constitution; and 10th  limits powers of Federal Government over he States to only those delegated to it by constitution.

The complete list of 27 Amendments are too lengthy to examine here, but suffice it to say, with exception of the 21st , which was prohibition,  most our constitutional Amendments  were designed to protect citizens from unfair and abusive treatment by the government.

Again, a great deal of psychological research underscores the wisdom of greatly limiting the unfair, abusive i.e., aversive treatment of others (in this case citizens by their government). Research and history clearly show that such aversive treatment of people tends to elicit or occasion aggression within the population, efforts to escape the socioculture, and often citizen uprisings and revolutionary attacks upon the tyrannical government.

America also adopted Capitalism which is a free market economic system, along with property rights, copy rights, patents and a legal system to protect and preserve these essential features of its socioculture. In capitalism, hard work, ingenuity, inventiveness, reasonable knowledge-based risk taking, business ventures, hiring others, making money, saving, and investing in market enterprises are all encouraged.

In all of this, success is positively reinforced (rewarded) with material consequences. Social rewards normally also follow economic success, such as notoriety and probable upward social mobility. Because of these rules and rewarding consequences for success in America’s economic system, citizens have been highly motivated to work, improve themselves, create, invent and manufacture goods and services at a higher rate of occurrence than among sociocultures who do not arrange free market rewards to follow such behaviors. Economically, capitalism outperforms socialistic and  communistic economies because the rules and contingencies of positive reinforcement for productivity are far superior.

The free market automatically produces goods and services in the quantities needed and distributes them to the areas and people who need them, without central governmental planning. This is where the free market whips  governmentally managed markets every time.

Bureaucracies, and especially very large bureaucracies, are universally inefficient and they are profoundly incapable of making the millions of decisions about production, marketing, distribution and pricing that are made with amazing speed and efficiency by the free market. There is no contest between government-run national markets and free markets run by the self-interest of millions of entrepreneurs and buyers in accordance with reasonable governmentally maintained, commerce-friendly rules for ethical conduct. 

In recent years, socialist/communist/Statist operatives have sought to change our Constitution, or devise ways to circumvent its rules for governmental conduct.

These individuals must be stopped by an informed and highly motivated voting citizenry. To fail in this will lead to America’s continuing decline and almost certain citzen’s insurrection.

VTM, 1/28/14

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