I don’t really believe in “heroes” but MLK is one of the only modern figures who is deserving of such a title. The man stood up to every oppressive force with courage and an open heart; everyone from government & institutions to racists and ignorant small-minded idiots. It’s rare to find someone that’s so dedicated that they’re willing to fight and die for their own cause but MLK was about more than just his own cause, he was ready to die for the freedom of everyone. That’s selfless and that’s rare.
Most “activists” today are simply fighting for a better life for themselves. King saw beyond himself, he saw that neither he or his followers could be free unless everyone was free and for this the man was a visionary and a hero. That’s the thing about freedom, it’s not divisible. Either everyone is free to choose or no one is free to choose, there aren’t layers to the onion, you can’t restrict some and grant special privileges to others. Many say that if MLK was around today, he’d be proud of the progress we’ve made. Why, what’s changed? He didn’t believe in skin tone, he believed in character. To him, it wasn’t about a “black” man becoming president, it was about every man being free from the title of “black” or “white” and most of all being free form oppression.
But today, we have more oppression of humanity then ever before. If anything, more human rights are violated today then during the civil rights era. Governments spy on your every move, listen in on your every word, they lock people away in cages for vices as petty as smoking a naturally growing plant or missing a traffic sign. These people which harm no one are victimized simply because others have power over them. And these people with power routinely kill people both abroad and here at home for simply “not listening to orders”. This is freedom? You think MLK would have been proud of this? If so, you’ve misunderstood everything the man fought and died for.
"your rights as an american"
im sorry but if your conception of rights is such that they change based on geographic location then you’re a fucking moron or worse
I think libertarianism should secede to be its own political party.
So 3 choices during elections
I’m sorry but Constitutionalists/constitutionalism are the worst. I mean, come on, thinking that people’s rights are derived from a piece of paper hundred of years old - a bigoted and unjust one at that.
wait I thought you didn’t agree with natural rights
THINKSQUAD: The US Constitution is just a piece of paper to control the government. The US Code, is the government’s way to control you, and everything you do.The main edition is published every six years by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the House of Representatives. The current edition of the code was published in 2006, and according to the US Government Printing Office, is over 200,000 pages long. http://uscode.house.gov/
…”I mean, come on, thinking that people’s rights are derived from a piece of paper hundred of years old”…
I won’t even talk about how foolish this whole thing is but to think that the Constitution is where people’s rights are derived from… Laughable at best, almost embarrassing for the OP.
The Constitution doesn’t grant us rights, it defines what our natural rights are. It puts abstract concepts to paper and then limits our gov’t and protects our natural rights from being infringed upon by that same government.
The Constitution doesn’t have magical powers and it doesn’t have an ability to do a thing. It’s simply a statement or deceleration of our understanding of what our rights are and how we would like to limit the powers of those who we elect from curtailing our access to those rights, liberties and freedom.
Know Your Rights: A citizen’s guide to dealing with police.
What to do and what not to do when you are pulled over:
If you are stopped by the police:
- You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.
- You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car or your home.
- If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave.
- You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately.
- Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have Constitutional rights. Use them.
- Do stay calm, and be as polite and respectful as possible.
- Do not interfere with or obstruct the police in any way (this could get you arrested or result in jail time).
- Do not lie or give false documents.
- Do prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested.
- Do remember the details of the encounter, the more the better.
- Do file a written complaint or call your local ACLU if you feel your rights have been violated. You can also ask to speak to the officer’s on-duty supervisor.
IF YOU ARE STOPPED FOR QUESTIONING:
- Stay calm.
- Ask if you are free to leave. If the officer says yes, calmly and silently walk away. If you are under arrest, you have a right to know why. You have the right to remain silent and cannot be punished for refusing to answer questions.
- If you wish to remain silent, tell the officer out loud. In some states, you must give your name if asked to identify yourself. Be sure to check your state and county laws in order to find out what you can and cannot do in that regard.
- You do not have to consent to a search of yourself or your belongings, but police may “pat down” your clothing if they suspect a weapon. You should not physically resist or respond in a hostile manner, but you have the right to refuse consent for any further search. If you do consent, it can affect you later in court.
IF YOU ARE STOPPED IN YOUR CAR:
- Turn off the car, turn on the internal light, open just far enough to speak with the officer and place your hands on the steering wheel in clear view.
- Stop the car in a safe place as quickly as possible.
- Upon request, show police your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. If you have to reach into your glove box and the officer is clearly either agitated or suspicious, declare what you are going to do before you do it in order to make them more comfortable and make it clear you are not reaching for a weapon.
- If an officer or immigration agent asks to look inside your car, you can refuse to consent to the search. However, if the police believe that your car has evidence of a crime inside of it, your vehicle can (and likely will) be searched without your consent.
- Both drivers and passengers have the right to remain silent. Do not be intimidated by typical police tactics such as saying, “If you have nothing to hide, why won’t you talk with us?” or “Not talking makes you look guilty.”
MAKE SURE YOU WRITE DOWN THE FOLLOWING:
- Time and place of traffic stop
- The officer’s name and/or badge number
- The officer’s car number
- The events that transpired, again you will not regret including as many details as possible as this could very well save you in court.
Above all, if you are not hostile and antagonistic towards officers, chances are they will treat you with respect. Unfortunately, that is obviously not the case with all officers, or else we wouldn’t constantly be covering incidents of police brutality and misconduct. However, you can’t hurt yourself by treating an officer with respect while very little good can come from treating an officer poorly when you are pulled over, questioned, or arrested.Source: Endthelie.com