January 03, 2008

The Bill Of No Rights

The famed "Bill of No Rights" was written in 1993 by Bill Napper, a self-described amateur philosopher. He is from Mississippi, and ran for a U.S. Senate seat in 2000, as a Libertarian.

It is said that it resonates with a number of issues, including the one which most often causes our ire to rise, which is the sense of entitlement, so prevalent in today's society.

The Bill of No Rights

"We, the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid any more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt-ridden, deluded, and other liberal bed-wetters. We hold these truths to be self-evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim that they require a Bill of No Rights."

You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone — not just you! You may leave the room, change the channel, or express a different opinion, but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.

You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful, do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.

You do not have the right to free health care That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we're just not interested in public health care.

You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don't be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair.

You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don't be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won't have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure.

You don't have the right to demand that our children risk their lives in foreign wars to soothe your aching conscience. We hate oppressive governments and won't lift a finger to stop you from going to fight if you'd like. However, we do not enjoy parenting the entire world and do not want to spend so much of our time battling each and every little tyrant with a military uniform and a funny hat.

You don't have the right to a job. Sure, all of us want all of you to have one, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to pursue happiness — which, by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an overabundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

*Unfortunately, those whom the author had in mind when he wrote this ,will probably never read it.

C'est la vie.


GUYK said...

"*Unfortunately, those whom the author had in mind when he wrote this ,will probably never read it."

And even more unfortunate..most of them cannot read!

Jan said...

guyk..unfortunately, you're probably right! :)

I'm glad you're feeling better!

rockync said...

Good post and, I'm sure he's correct; those who need to read this won't and if they do read it, they won't think it pertains to them!

Jan said...

rockync..actually the comment about those it pertaining to not reading it, was mine, but I'm sure that when Mr. Napper wrote it, that he probably didn't expect many of them to be reading it, either! :)

rockync said...

Well, then let me rephrase; I'm sure you are correct... :)

Jan said...

rockync...you make me smile! :)

Never let it be said, that I leave any stone unturned in search of another comment! LOL

DNR said...

Things have been kinda crazy over at my place. So, please accept my very belated Merry Christmas. Hope it was a great one. And a somewhat belated Happy New Year. Here’s to a great ’08!!

Thanks so much for your kind and caring words. I’ve read through the comments for Gary several times the past week, you should know that they have helped. Again, thank you

I've read this before. Always wondered where and who it came from. Very cool. Thanks!

sue said...

Very true... too bad we have to have it spelled out, huh?

btw - looking at your NeoCounter. Wow. You're popular all over the place! ;)

sheoflittlebrain said...

I've seen this before too, but not the origin. I do love it and have linked to your post:)

Jan said...

dnr..thank you, yes, it was a very nice Christmas.

Words are never enough when you have lost someone dear to your heart, Dave, but I am glad if mine were of any comfort at all.

I hope that you and your family are doing alright, even though I know that your hearts are heavy.

Jan said...

sue..how about that neocounter..pretty cool, huh? I wish that it could have included all the readers who have dropped by before I got it, though!

I always have been a gadget girl, but this would be a widget, wouldn't it? LOL

Jan said...

She..it is rather interesting, isn't it? I thought that I had read another verson of it before, but I know that this is the original one, and thought that others might enjoy seeing it..maybe not the tatoos, though! :)

Thanks for the link, too!

Yehudi01 said...

Jan, I loved reading this post because it places the current state of our society into perspective! Oy! Say, on a similar note, I would like to present you and your faithful readers an opportunity to help a dear friend of mine who lives in Israel and is in very tough times. He was wounded by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem in 2002 and is in very difficult times. Please go here:

and read the article about accepting Christian help. I know that any little bit will help him and it will count as your blessing. Also, please pass this along to any of your friends that may be able to help him. Thank you, Jan...you're an angel!

Anonymous said...

I've never seen this before, and I really liked it. I'm going to send your link to my brothers so they can read it.

Jan said...

yehudi, you're right about the state of our society, for sure!

I have, briefly, checked out your friend's blog, but will read it more thoroughly.

Hopefully, the other readers will, as well. I can't even imagaine how horrible his situation must be!

Jan said...

hermit..thanks, I appreciate that! :)

The Other Mike S. said...

Genius. Absolute genius. Nice addition to the document that inspired it!

Jan said...

the other mike s...thanks for dropping by, and feel welcome to come back again anytime! :)