You tell us what firearms I can and can’t own.
You tell women what they can and can’t do with their bodies.
You tell my friends they can’t marry anyone of the same sex.
You do not stand for freedom. You are why I’m so hostile.
I wrote this as a Facebook status a few days ago, promising a friend I would expand and explain what it means.
With politics these days, you see a lot of what I will call “private life interventionism”. Wherein, someone somewhere doesn’t like you for a particular political lifestyle choice. Today, the main hits on the mainstream are firearms, marijuana, gay marriage and abortion.
I don’t exactly know how many people out there who are like me. Wherein, I don’t think your life choices are any of my concern. A lot of the people who talk about defending one “freedom” tend to walk on a separate freedom. I, actually, see it heavily in the gun community (not necessarily on Tumblr or Gunblr — calm down — I mean in general). A lot of gun owners, particularly in the South or who are very religious, defend their right to bear arms and they will not tolerate anybody who asks them hateful questions or comes looking for a piece of the “cake”, as it was so eloquently illustrated here.
However… when it comes to topics like gay marriage or abortion, they vehemently attack it — inside of researching the topic and talking to people who are supporters of those said topics or are involved in some way shape or form. And, then… claim that they are “protecting a basic freedom” by supporting the Second Amendment.
I don’t know about you, but that is absolutely infuriating to me. Why is it any of your business who has sex or marries whomever and how is it any of your business if a woman has to abort a child or chooses to do so regardless of the reason? You just said that it was nobody elses business regarding what guns you buy, or how many, or why you need/want them.
I’m not just bashing one side over the other here, either. I have seen the exact same thing from gun control proponents. I’ve seen a plethora of them who, however, support gay rights. They’re just as hostile as the pro-gunners who fight against whatever other political talking point. And, I don’t understand it. There’s no reason why you have to hate a basic human right just because it offends your sensibilities. There’s absolutely no reason for the hypocrisy of defending your right and not theirs, either.
And, I’ll say it. All of those people who claim that “they are fighting for freedom” while supporting their right and bashing another person’s? They’re not. They’re an enemy to individual sovereignty.
I will stand here, before you all and say that I will truly defend your individual rights. I will promise you that private non-interventionism. I don’t necessarily agree with all abortion reasons, and I sometimes feel uncomfortable on the topic of homosexuality (no, I can’t tell you why), and I’m not one bit devoted to any one religion or am even religious at all, but I will defend you and those rights of yours like I do my right to bear arms. There’s only one clause. You can’t spread hate or inspire fear or promote violence of another person or groups of people.
Fundamental human rights are not rights given to us by forefathers or written on paper and approved by Congressional votes. You’re here, that’s your right. All restrictions after that are infringements. Your right isn’t more important than mine and mine is not more important than yours. I will defend it.
There are, however, people who will protest. They will declare this call-out of hypocrisy as hypocrisy. I did mention a restriction. I will clarify on that. I will not support you in what you are if you spread hate or inspire fear or promote violence. Like how I will not support Westboro Baptist members when they use religion as a shield to attack gay people. Call it being a walking contradiction, but I will not defend hate. I’m trying to eliminate that here and now.
So, that is where my hostility comes from. Before you protest something like gun rights or gay marriage, you think about one of your rights that you support and then, instead of presenting hostility, go out and understand what your hate or fear.
For those who claim they fight or argue for freedom, but don’t support a particular freedom. You don’t. You don’t fight for freedom. You are fighting and arguing for your brand of freedom, instead of humanity’s brand of freedom. You do not fight for Individual Sovereignty. When you keep on doing that, fighting and arguing for certain freedoms, there’s a high chance of bringing out the hostility in people like me.
Why? Because who you are, if you’re gay, is none of my business. If you’ve had or are thinking about having an abortion, it’s none of my business. If you own enough guns to properly outfit a company of Marines, it’s none of my business. If you chose to defend your home and family with a firearm, it’s none of my business. If you see fit to grow marijuana in your home, it’s none of my business. If you go to church or believe in a deity, it’s none of my business. What you do with your body, for your home, on your property is solely and expressively your business. So, don’t attack other people and their rights because you wouldn’t want the sentiment returned.
And, if there’s anybody out there who needs help or needs somebody to stand with them. I will do it. I will stand with you and support your right and defend it you if need be. Just remember to reciprocate the support for anybody who you encounter that needs it too.
That’s all I have to say.
This is exactly how I feel about freedom - to a fucking ‘T’. I defend everyone’s rights equally; but the moment you start attacking someone else’s rights, you are an enemy of freedom and an enemy of mankind.