Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Why are rules important?

The basic answer for most people comes from early childhood: following rules keeps you safe or alive.

“Don’t run across the street, junior...” mother says and must be followed so baby won’t get hit by a car. Different cultures, of course, have various boundaries and rules for their children. Most responsible mothers, however, teach rules and enforce them as basic parenting. Logically, if children do not have any rules, they may get hurt or killed. Also, psychologically speaking, children usually don’t feel parents care about them if there aren’t any boundaries. Studies have shown kids can feel lost without rules. As anyone can observe; how do teenagers behave if they haven’t had to follow many rules and allowed to run amok? Usually their behaviour will land them in trouble as ‘wild’ or unruly behaviour is not tolerated, may hurt someone or is illegal. Think ‘Lord of the flies’ as a typical outcome for kids with no rules.

So, to assist children in successfully becoming adults by avoiding trouble, harm or death; basic rules are usually a good idea and should be followed.

Are societal laws important for adult citizens? Without going too much into the history of law: most civilized societies have various laws enacted or voted on by representatives or the people themselves. Whether minor or major, laws are enforced by various punishments such as fines or jail time. Most people of a civilized society accept and follow laws many of which are in place to keep citizens safe and alive. While some ‘minor’ laws get broken or get ignored, most ‘major’ laws are followed making a society run and intact.

Society doesn’t exist happily if everyone is killing everyone, right?

The United States of America was founded on the constitution as the law.

Is this document ‘major’ or ‘minor’? Are the principles important? Should all of it be followed or can we pick some bits not to follow? The creation and foundation of America as a country relies on the answer “yes”: the constitution is the law of the land, it is all ‘major’ and needs to be followed. Without it, America isn’t.

Article II of the constitutional outlines who is eligible to be POTUS (President of the United States):

“No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”

Is this requirement an important law for America to follow? What did the founders mean by including this anyway?

An easy way to remember what the founders meant is “blood and mud”: a child born on U.S. soil to 2 American citizen parents. The ‘natural’ part means it just happens: this type of citizenship cannot be legislated, amended, changed or forced.

If you read about what was going on at the time the U.S.A. was being formed, this requirement was included to ensure the POTUS would have some type of loyalty to America and always have America’s best interests in mind. After all, a new country was being formed by breaking away from British rule. They were not going to call themselves British and were purposefully dissolving their loyalty to Britain. A war was fought and America won her independence.

I submit the current resident of the White House is illegal.

It is a fact that no one has actually seen the ‘long form birth certificate’. Not even the lady in charge in Hawaii. His own statements on his ‘fact checked’ web sites state he is a “native born” citizen with a father who was a British national. Native born is not natural born. These tricky statements intentionally fooled many Americans.

Since this law is not being followed, will America remain safe and alive?

I think she is not paying attention and is wandering into the street where a large bus named* __ is heading straight for her.

*Fill in the blank with your choice (progressivism, communism, socialism or other collective-ism)
Whatever you want to call it, it is not a republic of America any more if this basic law is not followed.

Click here for some legal definitions of US citizen types.

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