The following has been attributed to Lewis Napper, a Jackson,Mississippi computer programmer. He didn't expect his essay -- a tart 10-pointlist of "rights" Americans don't have -- to become an Internetlegend. .. guess what?
'We the sensible people of the United States, in anattempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoidmore riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure theblessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and ourgreat-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain andestablish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden,delusional. We hold these truths to be self evident: that a whole lot of peopleare confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a Bill ofNON-Rights..'
You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, orany other form of wealth.. More power to you if you can legally acquire them,but no one is guaranteeing anything.
You do not have the right to never be offended. Thiscountry is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone -- not justyou! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion,etc.; but the world is full of dummies, and probably always will be.
You do not have the right to be free from harm. If youstick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful; do not expect thetool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.
You do not have the right to free food and housing.Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly helpanyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generationafter generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more thanthe creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.
You do not have the right to free health care. That wouldbe nice, but from the looks of public housing, we're just not interested inpublic health care.
You do not have the right to physically harm otherpeople. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don't besurprised if the rest of us want to see you get the blue juice.
You do not have the right to the possessions of others.If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens,don't be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a placewhere you still won't have the right to a big screen color TV or a life ofleisure..
You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure wantyou to have a job, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expectyou to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational traininglaid before you to make yourself useful.
You do not have the right to happiness. Being an Americanmeans that you have the right to PURSUE happiness, which by the way, is a loteasier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created bythose of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.
This is an English speaking country. We don't care whereyou came from, English is our language. Learn it!
You do not have the right to change our country's historyor heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yet,you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith atall; with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is part of ourheritage and history, sorry if you are uncomfortable with it.