May 26, 2011

Thoughts Of A Revolutionary

The following is an excerpt from a blog called Rantings of a Sand Monkey. This is a young Egyptian expressing his reasons for joining the Egyptian revolution.

Now, let me tell you why I joined the revolution in the first place: Besides getting rid of our past lovely authoritarian regime, all I wanted out of all this was an Egyptian bill of rights, unalienable and irrevocable no matter who is in Power. I wanted the right to free speech, the right to free expression (artistic and otherwise), the right to peaceful assembly, the right to religious freedom, the right of equality between all citizens in terms of rights & freedoms (irrespective of Gender, religion, race, lineage, language, social origin or political opinion), the right to information and transparency to keep our government always in check, the right not to be subjugated to torture, or cruel or inhumane treatment, the right for equal protection of the law and security, the right not to be arbitrarily arrested, detained, exiled or have your citizenship stripped from you, The right to be considered Innocent until proven guilty and to be tried by a fair and impartial civil tribunal, where everyone has legal representation, and finally the right to education. Those are the rights I risked life and limb for, and they are not new or novel ideas, and you can find them all, and many more, in the Universal Declaration for Human Rights, right here.

To tell the truth I much prefer our very own Bill of Rights. Sand Monkey's heart is in the right place but this UN document reeks of socialism, probably because it was drafted by scheming, new world order, Jew-hating, United Nations socialists. Things like Article 25 give me the willies:

Article 25.
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

In any event, I fear that the Egyptian Revolution may come to naught because of radical Islam. Already the radical Islam mob is generating noise about Egypt's relations with Israel. Sand Monkey also has his doubts:

[...]in 1991, there was the first real attempt for democratic elections in Algeria, and the Islamic Salvation Front- an Islamist party- ran on the platform that there is no democracy in Islam, and that the moment they will seize power, they will cancel future democratic elections. And they won, the majority actually voted in a party that would end all voting, which led the army to immediately cancel the election, which in turn started a civil war that plunged the country into chaos for a number of years.

Do you, Gentle Reader, ever get the impression that America is greatly and particularly blessed? Look at other revolutions - the French, the Russians, the Chinese - and see what a mess they turned into. And if we are not careful, we'll be needing another one.


They Say/We Say said...

I don't know anymore.
The Indiana Supreme Court just RULED The Police have the right to enter anyone's house for any reason-without a Warrant; the home owner or resident does not have the right to block entry-because that would be a problem and could increase the likelihood of escalating violence.According to president of MODERN DAY 4th Amendment rulings.
Say What?
And so it goes in Calif. Supreme Court. Is this a movement by Judges to sweep away the 4th Amendment all across the Country?
What is next-There is surly more to come.
Gun Regulations by Obama coming to your neck of the woods SOON.
The fight is ON!
Will your State Legislator back down like TEXAS JUST DID?

They Say/We Say said...

P.S. And why would the Police go along with this=to make their job easier? Do the Police WANT to DO AWAY WITH THE CONSTITUTION? Can't catch criminals if the Patriots Keep Hiding behind that wraskily BILL OF RIGHTS.

sig94 said...

TSWS - this will certainly go to the Supremes. I want to see what happens to probable cause. There was the "hot pursuit" option where a search warrant wasn't needed (I have used that myself on very rare occasions) and exigent curcumstances where the police had to show that they believed evidence would be destroyed or someone hurt.

I just can't believe that the police can enter your house for no reason whatsoever. And there still is the civil remedy. Sue their asses off.

Kid said...

Socialism is a childish dream. As all liberal concepts are. It is predicated on the idea that everyone wants to participate and be productive as possible. People are lazy though and soon get hte idea that they can do nothing and live pretty good so that's what they do.

Article 25 in America usually amounts to lazy bitches popping out kids like pieces of toast to X number of different unknown fathers for the purpose of upping their government check. And I dint make this up. I know people like this, as well as people who know many themselves.

Ralph M. Petersen-Always Right; Sometimes Wrong! said...

Most of the First Amendment is violated. The Second Amendment is non-existent in many states and endangered in others. The Tenth Amendment is a disrespected and ignored nuisance for this administration.

They Say/We Say said...

There are several stories here, maybe elsewhere, about Police kicking in doors and the people inside, surprised, reach for their gun and Police shot and killed the homeowner. And you know what happened? The Police reread the warrant---OPPS----WRONG HOUSE! Nothing Happened!!
Hot pursuit/probable cause of endangering or evidence is a horse of a different color.
The first comment: the Indiana Judge said that the homeowner will have their day in court-BLA BLA BLA.
Why does some one have to go through that? That is what the 4th Amendment IS ALL ABOUT! To be secure against this ELITISM.
Soon we Americans who hold these truths to be self evident will have to live between the walls like Ann Rand did.

sig94 said...

Kid - I dunno. I think socialism is one of the Devil's substitutes - you worship and obey man's government instead of God. And as we know, man's standards are alot different than God's.

sig94 said...

Ralph - The first ten Amendments are the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights and the Constitution were written by men who believed they were responsible to God.

The men in charge now are not of this mindset. They are hostile to the precepts which formed the COnstitution. Believe me it will get worse. This is just the beginning of the train wreck.

sig94 said...

TSWS - Do you have those stories? My problem is this. I do not trust the media. I and my cop friends have been maligned by the media countless times. I have had my name splashed in the papers accused of wrong doing while the mother of some shithead moans about how the cops did this and that to her poor brutish boy. When the investigation finally comes out and we are all cleared, the story is now in the obit section if it is printed at all. If it bleeds it leads and the reporters do nothing to correct it. And if you do catch a reporter and confront them about it, they blame their editor.

I have played the game with the newspapers for thirty years now. I have been at the scene of events that were reported by the media and I wondered if we were were on the same planet at all - what I observed and what the media reported were so different.

I understand your frustration and I ma not defending all cops regardless of what they did. I just do not trust the media as far as I can throw them.

As the head of my division, I even had my own crime analysis segment broadcast on the local cable channel at one time - years ago of course. I was the main contact for crime statistics for the entire City and I could not believe what the papers would do to a straight forward presentation.

Again, please provide the sources for your comments. I really would like to review them. Some cops are just bad, but not the majority.

They Say/We Say said...

I used the Police word as not
to belittle those in the stories.
It has happened across 15yrs.
Bad reading of addresses just happened.

In the meantime

Here's another


What I was saying, this is happening now-with warrants.
What will happen without warrants?

sig94 said...

TSWS - Gotcha. Thanks much! Also see the post I did on the Arizona fiasco.