Wednesday, June 21, 2017

All Amendments Matter

     Most of us heard at least one of Aesop's tales growing up. These fables are by design supposed to make us think and learn. One that I personally think needs more repeating is the story of The Trees and the Axe:
     A Woodman went into the forest and begged of the Trees the favor of a handle for his Axe. The principal Trees at once agreed to so modest a request, and unhesitatingly gave him a young ash sapling, out of which he fashioned the handle he desired. No sooner had he done so than he set to work to fell the noblest Trees in the wood. When they saw the use to which he was putting their gift, they cried, "Alas! alas! We are undone, but we are ourselves to blame. The little we gave has cost us all: had we not sacrificed the rights of the ash, we might ourselves have stood for ages."
    We have to stand when our rights are endangered. Even if you do not own a gun, you need to support the rights of those who do. Look no further than the creep of "Eminent Domain" from taking of private property for public use to the taking of private property for commercial use. This is the nature of decay. It starts with a tiny cut. Unattended, it festers until the host has died. Make no mistake there is an agenda of removing all or part of that pesky Constitution.

“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.”
 - Mahatma Gandhi

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