Monday, May 01, 2006

Missing in Action: Patriotism

What ever happened to patriotism? Since the mid-20th century, American culture has begun to slowly decline. Starting with the freedom movement of the hippies in the sixties and seventies, it slowly progressed to today, where the progress is continued under the less-radical disguise of liberalism. Slowly, a group of extremists works to undermine American values and replace them with their own foolish viewpoints.


The illegal immigration protests have shown a complete disregard for the American flag. Once a sacred symbol, it is now freely burned and disgraced, and few seem to care about it. Slowly, the immigrants are attacking the symbols of America, now choosing to disregard our Anthem. We speak English in this county. Not Spanish. If you have a problem with that, I am sure no one will protest to you going back to Mexico.


Once upon a time it was expected that everyone showed respect for their country. People took their hats off for the national anthem while it was sung in English. People treated the flag with reverence. It seems that is the world of yesterday. Hating your country is all the rage, and the more of a scene you can make of it, the better.


Ironically, many of the people calling themselves American citizens who insist on bashing their country don't want to move away. They hate America so much, but they still want to stay. If you hate America, that's fine. Everyone is entitled to a viewpoint. But stick with it if you have it. Don't hate America up to a point. Hate us all the way. Nothing sickens me more than political hypocrisy, which is far too common today.


If these ashamed Americans wish to leave the country, I say allow them too. I would even go as far as helping them leave the country. Every year, thousands risk their lives to seek a better life in America. How many people would risk their life for the American dream? I would much rather call them my fellow countrymen than some of the scum in this country. They are ashamed to be an American, and the rest of us are ashamed about it too.

What Geometry Teaches Us About the Constitution

What can math teach us about the Constitution? Geometry has several postulates and axioms which are assumed and never proven. This could also be applied to the Constitution if you think about it. The Constitution never lists a right to life for the common person. It is mentioned that the life of a criminal may not be taken away without due process of the law, and that no State can deprive the life of a person.


You would think that would be enough for the abortion crowd to see their mistakes. The states cannot make any law depriving the life of a person. Abortion clearly deprives a person of not only their life, but also their liberty. Of course, the abortion on demand crowd will then say the fetus isn't living. Still, this is clear proof right here, or so it seems.


Shouldn't a right to life be in the Constitution? What good are your rights if you are dead? Our rights are protected from oppression by the government, but none of them work unless you are alive. Try speaking out against the government when you are dead. Or fighting back. And if you find a way to put a dead man on trial, perhaps we could save some time with Saddam.


Could it be that the creators of the Constitution created a loophole, and our government is free to oppress us through death? Or is it that they considered the right to life so blindingly obvious that it was not worth mentioning? I am no Constitutional scholar, but I think they saw it as the latter. Back to geometry, there are several axioms which everything is build upon. The postulates could be seen as the Bill of Rights, everything is built upon them. Our laws, the theories, are built upon the postulates. Still, there are several additions which are assumed common notions.


Euclid determined some statements to be common notions. This includes the whole being larger than the part, equals added to equals result in an equal sum, and so on. Doesn't this seem pretty obvious? Could it be that the Constitution has some common notions, such as the right to life?


I'm not sure anyone else has ever looked at it this way, but I hope I got some minds thinking today. Without the right to life, the Constitution is null and void? Isn't it assumed already that all citizens have a right to life, in order to be governed by the Constitution in the first place?