Human Rights and Wrongs

You ever notice how we all talk about human rights like they’re these big, important things? Yeah, turns out, they’re pretty much like the instructions on a shampoo bottle — nobody really follows them, especially not the people in charge. I mean, I always thought rights were like those gifts you get on Christmas morning, but it turns out they’re more like those gag gifts you get at a white elephant party. You know, the kind you laugh about but secretly hope you can return.

Now, some folks out there, they’ll tell you rights come from God or nature. Well, I gotta say, I’ve been around the block a few times, and I’ve yet to see a burning bush hand out a bill of rights or a mountain stream declare freedom of speech. No, it seems rights are more like those rewards your parents promised you for good behavior, except the government is your parent, and good behavior means doing exactly what they say, when they say it.

But here’s the kicker, folks: these rights, they’re about as stable as my Uncle Terry after his third divorce. One day you’re walking around, enjoying your “freedom,” and the next, you’re being told that your right to peaceably assemble is being put on pause because someone, somewhere, might get upset. It’s a little concept I like to call anarcho-tyranny, which is a fancy way of saying the authorities act like anarchists towards their responsibilities and tyrants towards your supposed freedoms.

Imagine this: you’re living your life, minding your own business, when suddenly the authorities decide that protecting you from actual harm isn’t nearly as important as making sure you don’t jaywalk. That’s right, they’ll turn a blind eye to the big issues, but God help you if you forget to separate your recyclables. It’s like if your house was on fire, and the fire department showed up just to ticket you for an expired smoke alarm.

And the best part? They’re never held responsible for anything. It’s like a game of hot potato with accountability, and somehow, the potato always ends up getting lost under the couch. Whether it’s failing to protect its citizens or persecuting innocent conduct, the government always seems to have a “Get Out of Jail Free” card. Meanwhile, if you or I so much as look at someone funny, we’re halfway to being declared public enemy number one.

Now, picture this: the state, that great behemoth of power and bureaucracy, has stepped on your toes. Maybe they’ve turned your favorite hiking trail into a nuclear waste dump, or perhaps they’ve decided that your backyard is the perfect spot for a new highway. Naturally, you’re a bit miffed. You remember something about rights, justice, and legal obligations, so you decide to take it to the courts. After all, you’ve seen the movies. One person can make a difference, right?

Here’s where the comedy begins. The state, you see, has this nearly infinite pool of tax money at its disposal. Some of that money used to be in your wallet, by the way. Now, it’s being used to hire teams of lawyers, the kind who wear suits so expensive they could probably solve your financial woes just by auctioning off their cufflinks. These legal eagles are ready to fight you tooth and nail, while you’re sitting there trying to figure out if “legal brief” is just another term for an attorney’s underwear.

And let’s not forget about the time. Oh, the time! Taking on the state isn’t like returning a defective toaster. You’re in for the long haul, my friend. We’re talking years, maybe even a decade, of legal battles, motions, appeals, and enough paperwork to deforest the Amazon. All the while, the state’s lawyers are billing by the hour, paid for by, you guessed it, more of your tax dollars. It’s like paying someone to punch you in the face repeatedly and then thanking them for their time.

Now, you might be thinking, “But what about justice? What about standing up for what’s right?” And to that, I say, you’re absolutely correct. The problem isn’t with your gumption or your moral compass. The problem is that you’re trying to beat the house in a casino that they own, operate, and regulate. The game is rigged, and the dealer is wearing a badge.

So, what’s a regular Joe or Jane to do in the face of such insurmountable odds? Well, you could scream into the void, write angry letters to your representatives, or maybe start a podcast. But at the end of the day, the absurdity of trying to hold the state to its legal obligations using the very money they’ve taken from you is a bit like trying to dry off while you’re still in the shower.

When it comes to defining what’s legal and what’s not, the government is like a chef in a kitchen without a recipe book. They just throw in a pinch of this, a dash of that, and whatever comes out is the law of the land. And if they don’t like the taste? No problem! They just cook up a new dish. It’s a bit unsettling, really, considering these are the same folks who can’t seem to figure out how to fill a pothole properly.

But here’s where it gets really amusing. The government, in all its wisdom, often decides that certain laws don’t apply to itself. It’s like if you were playing Monopoly, and the banker decided he could just take money out of the bank whenever he felt like it. “Oh, I’m sorry, did I bankrupt you? Well, rules are rules. Except for me. I make the rules.” And if you dare to point out this slight discrepancy, well, you might as well be talking to a brick wall. A very powerful, indifferent brick wall.

And what happens when a law becomes a tad inconvenient for those in power? Well, my friends, that’s when the magic wand comes out again. Sometimes, there’s a manufactured emergency, a crisis whipped up like a bad soufflé, giving the government an excuse to bypass laws faster than you can say “constitutional rights.” Other times, they just ignore the laws quietly, like a cat that’s knocked a vase off the shelf and decided the best course of action is to pretend nothing happened.

In the rare event that someone calls them out on this blatant disregard for the rules, what do they do? They don’t apologize. They don’t backtrack. No, they double down and rewrite the law to legitimize their previous shenanigans. It’s like cheating at cards and then declaring yourself the rulemaker of the game.

There’s something funny about the way governments do business, if by “funny” you mean “horrifying in a way that makes you chuckle uncomfortably.” It seems like every time you turn around, there’s another atrocity being committed, all nice and legal-like. It’s as if the rulebook says, “As long as you fill out form 27B/6 and get it notarized, feel free to commence with the tyranny.”

Take undeclared wars, for instance. Last I checked, the old Constitution, you know, that dusty document we all pretend to revere but ignore when it’s inconvenient, has a thing or two to say about declaring war. But hey, what’s a little illegal conflict between friends, right? It’s all legal if you squint hard enough and ignore the parts that clearly say otherwise. It’s like playing a game of “Simon Says” but Simon is a megalomaniac with a fondness for drone strikes.

And then there’s censorship. Oh boy, isn’t that a hoot? The government, in its infinite wisdom, decides that certain things just shouldn’t be said. It’s for your own good, after all. Freedom of speech is great and all, but have you tried not speaking your mind? It’s much safer. Just wrap up those inconvenient opinions in a nice little package and toss them into the memory hole. It’s all “under color of law,” which is a fancy way of saying, “We made up a rule that says we can silence you, so it’s totally fine.” It’s the legal equivalent of “because I said so.”

But here’s the real kicker: no matter what the act, no matter how obviously destructive it is, there’s always this claim that it’s for the “good of society.” It’s like watching someone rob a bank and then claim they’re doing it to stimulate the economy. “Sure, we censored your favorite website, confiscated your property, and accidentally bombed a wedding, but trust us, it’s for the greater good.” It’s the kind of logic that only makes sense if you don’t think about it too hard.

The history books are littered with the tales of governments that thought a little tyranny was just what the doctor ordered. Spoiler alert: they’re always the bad guys. Whether they’re censoring, destroying, confiscating, or just plain murdering, it’s not a great look. And yet, they keep on keeping on, convinced that this time it’ll be different. Their desperate acts are like the death throes of a dying star, spectacular but ultimately signaling the end.

And what does this mean for us, the little guys caught in the middle of this farce? Well, it means that we’re on the brink of a new beginning, an opportunity to maybe, just maybe, get it right this time. But it also means we’re in for a rough ride, as those in power flail about, trying to maintain their grip on a world that’s slipping through their fingers. It’s like watching a toddler with a hose; you know it’s only a matter of time before everything gets soaked, but boy, is it entertaining to watch.

So, as we navigate this legal landscape of atrocities, let’s keep our wits about us and our sense of humor intact. Because when the dust settles and the rulebook is rewritten once again, we’ll need all the laughter we can get to rebuild what was lost. And who knows? Maybe this time we’ll get it right. Or at the very least, we’ll have some great jokes for the next generation.

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