Stand Up to Your Rights

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Notes

  • This was funny during the Bush II administration when right-wingers were all "my government right or wrong", but of course they reversed their position for Obama. I'll have to hold it out as a secret weapon for the next Republican administration.
  • See also: /production script for the order in which to record things

Script

main report

The following is a FLOX News special report.

MC: People all over America have had enough. They're mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore. The issue? Civil rights. People are fed up with them.

Person 1: I've had it up to here with civil rights and democracy and having to go vote all the time. It's just stupid.

Person 2: I mean, "civil rights"? What's that? I didn't ask for it, and I don't want it.

MC: Angry citizens, frustrated with endless election campaigns, bitter over the political mudslinging and rhetoric, are demanding that the government do its job and make up its own mind, instead of foisting complex and arcane decisions onto ordinary citizens with better things to do.

Person 3: We pay these guys for a reason! I don't get paid to think about this stuff; why should I have to waste my time on it?

Protester: The government has been trying to pawn off this "democracy" thing on us for way too long, you know? So, okay, I went and did a little research at the library, and you know what? This whole thing was started by some rebel-without-a-cause, this Thomas Jefferson guy, just because he didn't want to do what England said! Well, if the King of England -- who was at that time anointed by God Almighty Himself, let me remind you! -- if the freakin' King, fer cryin' out loud, says to do something, that's good enough for me and it should be good enough for anybody! If he says "raise the taxes", our only question should be "how high"! We had a perfectly good government back then – even the creator of the whole freakin' universe said it was okay, fer goshsake, and if that's not good enough, then what is? – but then along comes this Jefferson guy and his so-called Constitutional Convention telling everyone what to do, and -- whoops! Bye bye God, we've got separation of church and state now! Nice knowing you! I mean, just look at the word "democracy" -- looks an awful lot like the word "democrat", doesn't it. Enough said!

MC: Dr. Ezekiel Scruggs, Professor of Ideological Correction Studies at Joe Smith University.

Scruggs: Look, the function of government is to govern -- to make the decisions and take care of stuff. They're the deciders. Our job as citizens is to do what the government says. They have our best interests at heart, so we need to listen to them and not be, you know, counterproductive.

MC: Experts agree -- the government of the United States has been declining to do its job, and instead has been foisting the burden of crucial decisionmaking onto its citizens. The excuse? An obscure document, over 200 years old, known to its devotees as "The Constitution". Dr. Scruggs:

Scruggs: Among the rules of conduct this document tries to get people to accept are, one, this idea that people should be allowed to say -- or even print! -- pretty much anything they want, no matter how hurtful, or offensive, or even dangerous it might be -- that's this so-called "freedom of speech and the press" thing you might hear about -- and two, this related idea that mobs of people should be allowed to get together whenever they want, without any good reason! This is the kind of insanity that these people want to resurrect -- from the middle ages, practically! -- and saddle our modern, God-fearing society with these primitive, outdated ideas of government. I mean, look at it -- people getting together in, essentially, gangs, saying whatever they want, and these are supposed to be the same people who are "voting", so called, and telling us what to do. It's mob rule! No decent government would allow such a thing. As decent citizens, we owe it to ourselves to prevent it.

MC: Eunice Meriwether, mother of 8:

Mom: So the other day my oldest son Jimmy -- he's 12 -- comes in the house with this textbook that goes on and on about this Constitution thing -- and I'm, like, who let that in the house?? Does the Bible say anything about people "voting" for their leaders, and trying to tell the government what to do? No! It's just ridiculous.

MC: Indeed, many angry parents have demanded that constitutionalist propaganda -- now being taught as fact in schools across America -- should at least be required to share equal time with basic Biblical moral truths about government and leadership.

Guy in bar: Look, this Constitution thing, it's just this guy Jefferson talkin' up his a[bleep]... he probably made this stuff up at a bar one night and got a bunch of his drunk buddies to sign it. I mean, heh, that John Hancock guy -- you can't look at that scrawl and tell me he was sober! But, like, this is the crap that they're teaching our kids in school! Instead of the real facts, like in, you know, in Scripture.

MC: Dr. Ken Shepherd of the American Association for Speaking Quite Frankly:

Shepherd: Speaking quite frankly, this... "Constitution" stuff... I mean, I know many people seem to hold it in very high regard... they go on and on ritually about all the different parts, the "bill of rights", the "amendments"... and I respect that, really I do... but really, frankly, it's garbage.

MC: "It's garbage", say the experts. "Ridiculous", says a worried mother. All over America, people are deeply concerned about their civil rights, and what the cost may be if we don't do something to stop them. So what is being done to counter the spread of these destructive anti-governance, pro-anarchy ideas? Dr. Scruggs:

Scruggs: These ideas, this "Constitution" thing, already have such a deep grip on popular thinking -- and indeed are very much embedded in our legal system itself -- that it's impossible to get the schools to teach the real truth -- about what's real, from verified, authentic scriptural sources, and to warn kids against constitutionalist dogma. No. It's the truth, but you're not allowed to teach it.

So what we've come up with is this idea which we hope will get people to think -- especially kids -- and maybe start undoing some of the damage done by constitutional decisionist extremism. It's called delegated consent, and it's basically the idea that although the Constitution, so-called, gives you all these "rights" you have to deal with, you actually in fact don't have to put up with them -- because you can d e l e g a t e all those painful and time-consuming decisions back to the proper authorities. The constitution tries to force all this stuff on you, and we're saying "no, you don't have to go along with that, you can make the government take the reins for you, and do its job." But it doesn't go against constitutionist dogma, so it can be legally taught -- and we believe it should be.

MC Delegated Consent -- a solution to a seemingly intractable problem. The idea of Delegated Consent has met with widespread passive acceptance -- and yet criticism from America's constitutionalist elite remains steadfast.

Scruggs: Why? Because the ivory-tower elites don't want you to know the truth. Because they don't want you, the citizen, to have the power to make the government do the decisionmaking it's supposed to do. They want to force you -- us -- Joe and Jane Average American -- to do the work of deciding these important and complex issues that we really know nothing about. And that's just not right.

MC And what do these isolated, power-hungry elites, who want to take away all control from everyday Americans and force them into relentless decisionmaking servitude, have to say in their defense? We spoke with Richard Hatchens, a prominent pro-decisionist and spokesman for the anti-decency movement.

MC (in room): Would you say it's fair for people -- ordinary citizens -- to have to make up their own minds about critical issues, rather than having these matters taken care of and properly handled by the government?

Hatchens: Yes, I would... and by the way, I'm not a spokesman for any sort of "anti-decency" movement... [gets talked over starting at "and by the way"]

MC: And there you have it -- just one example of the sort of wild-eyed rhetoric and ranting espoused by the rabid defenders of decisionist doctrine. As a news organization, however, we would be remiss in our duty to you, our viewers, if we did not make a fair and equitable presentation of both sides of the issue... no matter how repugnant one of them may be.

A few concluding thoughts, after this message. [ insert advertisement here ]

So where does this leave us? Are we a nation of anarchy, where every man must decide for himself? Or can we be united and strong, and stand behind our leaders? Write or call in to the show, and tell us what we should tell you to think.

I'm Brent Newsworthy, reporting for FLOX News.

( The preceding has been a FLOX News special report. FLOX News -- fair and equitable -- all the news that fits our agenda. )

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