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What are 'We The People' afraid of losing?


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jun. 23, 2021 - 3:05 PM

I hear some people are worried that their Constitutional Rights are in danger and want to make Coweta County a Constitutional Rights Sanctuary.

What rights are they worried about “We the People” losing? Key there is WE THE PEOPLE. I suspect the supporters of this malarky actually want to define who “We the People” are. Where do we start?

Black people were not considered part of We the People under Article I Section 2. They were only 3/5 of a person. Not so they had rights, but so that Southerners had more representation in Congress. Nor were they considered part of We the People under Article 4 Section 2, where it says to paraphrase that escaped slaves had to be returned to their owners even if they crossed state lines.

These atrocities ended with the 13th amendment which outlawed slavery, the 14th amendment which guaranteed equal protection under the law to all citizens which makes this whole thing a ridiculous boondoggle, and the 15th amendment which ended voting restrictions on race. We all know that didn’t happen here in Georgia for another 100 years until the Civil Rights Act. But that’s another story for another time.

It seems that since the Black, LGTBQ and many other communities outvoted the Republicans, they are afraid. Afraid of what exactly? That they will get treated as these citizens have been treated? That is not going to happen. I pity their fear. Jesus told us to not be afraid, didn’t he?

No one is taking our second amendment rights away. Tickles me how gullible some people are not to see the gun lobby is running a con job on some gun owners. The NRA throws out “your guns are in danger,” and out folks go and buy more guns. Yet we still have our guns. Why someone needs a weapon meant to mow down large numbers of people is another issue, but I digress.

It seems many have forgotten or never learned that with rights come responsibilities. During the pandemic that is hopefully abating due to the vaccines, many folks thought their rights were being violated because they were asked to wear a mask to protect themselves and others. We have a responsibility to protect others. Just LIKE wanting to limit the rights LGTBQ people have guaranteed to them under the 14th amendment. You do not have the right to not be offended or to take away the rights of others. It ain’t there.

If you want to protect the Constitution, you have to protect all of it, every last bit. Not just the amendments that were listed, but also the 13th, 14th and 15th, as well the 16th amendment that made income taxes constitutional.

Cindy Pursley

Newnan