The Joy of Anarchy
Why those complaining the loudest that their civil liberties are being violated … know nothing about civil liberties.
I guess my “civil liberties” have been infringed upon from the beginning.
I was never aware my freedoms in truth have allowed me to shop naked, sell drugs to minors, carry an uzi in the streets, or have sex on a hotel lobby couch in full view of its patrons.
Apparently, I’ve had it wrong all along.
Face mask? C’mon. If I want to spread my crud to others, it’s my civil right!
And therein lies the stupidity …
There is a distinction between civil rights and civil liberties. The Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution protects the latter, which are also known as basic freedoms. Per Wikipedia: The passage of the Fourteenth Amendment further protected civil liberties by introducing the Privileges or Immunities Clause, Due Process Clause, and Equal Protection Clause. Civil liberties have been further interpreted and defined by lawmakers and court decisions.
Our essential guaranteed civil liberties are:
- The right to a jury trial
- The right to privacy
- The right to freedom of religion
- The right to travel freely
- The right to freedom of speech
- The right to be free from self-incrimination
- The right to bear arms
- The right to marry
- The right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures of your property
- The right to freedom of the press
- The right to be free from cruel and unusual punishments
- The right to legal counsel
- The right to assemble peacefully
- The right to vote
The concept of civil rights, to differentiate, is the basic right to be free from unequal treatment, based on characteristics such as race, gender, national origin, skin color, and disability.
Neither of the following two incidents, which have gone viral on social media, have anything whatsoever to do with one’s civil rights or civil liberties:
'Hero' Costco Worker Hailed After Showdown With Irate Shopper Over Mask Policy
A worker at a Costco store is being praised on social media for calmly deescalating a battle with an angry customer who…
“I’m not doing it because I woke up in a free country,” the shopper said.
The other recent incident, among numerous recent incidents, is this:
A maskless woman who filmed her protest against a market that wouldn't admit her appears to be a…
A recent viral video featured a woman complaining about being denied entry to a Gelson's Market in Dana Point, CA for…
The woman claimed she was being “discriminated against.”
No, on both counts.
Selfish and ignorant actions such as these potentially heighten the casualties of our current pandemic. Masks, for now, are to be worn in certain places of business not as political statements. They are to be worn so as to not transmit germs to others. You may be asymptomatic, but you can still carry the contagion.
You are no “patriot” for refusing to wear a mask in today’s environment.
You are an anarchist, taking a governor’s new laws, or a company’s new guidelines — as part of a new reality which we all hope is temporary — into your own hands and endangering lives in the process.
Rules are not made to be broken because you believe they should be. If a state or place of business has enacted strict guidelines about wearing masks, wear the damn masks until it is deemed safe to remove them.
If no such regulations exist, wear them anyway unless you remain socially distant … which of course is yet another violation of those rights and liberties you know nothing about. Ditto remaining in self-isolation for as long as considered necessary by the real experts.
Thank you for reading.
Sources: (Study.com) https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-are-civil-liberties-definition-examples-cases.html, Wikipedia
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