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We're Right Not to Trade Dignity for Left's Handouts

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By Wednesday, 03 June 2020 02:49 PM Current | Bio | Archive

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gave a stern warning to New Yorkers Tuesday who wanted to get their lives back while they watched rioters each night destroy everything they’d worked for.

"When you see a nation . . .  grappling with an extraordinary crisis fueled in 400 years of American racism, I’m sorry, that’s not the same question as the understandably grieved store owner or the devout religious person who wants to go back to services," he said.

Other Democratic mayors and governors have made similar pronouncements, and they’re all equally, horribly wrong.

First of all, it’s not about racism. Despite de Blasio’s claims, the United States is not a racist country, and white police officers are not out to murder minorities.

In 2013 two Swedish economists set out to determine whether there was a correlation between economic freedom and racism, and the data they compiled led to the creation of a world map depicting the most and least racist nations.

The United States was among the least racist.

Furthermore, a report released last year by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States concluded that white police officers are no more likely to use deadly force against black or Hispanic suspects than minority officers.

On the contrary, the study found that "Black and Hispanic officers (compared with White officers) were more likely to fatally shoot Black and Hispanic civilians."

What happened to George Floyd was tragic, horrifying and disgusting, but it wasn’t typical. The act was an anomaly committed by an officer who shouldn’t have even been there because he’d previously demonstrated his unfitness to wear the badge and the uniform.

Second, de Blasio’s statement implies that constitutionally-protected demonstrations have been taking place in his city. But they’re not demonstrations, not when:

  • Hundreds of rioters have been arrested in the city
  • The hashtag #NYCriots trends on social media
  • Pallets of bricks are left off at key locations around the city
  • A pair of Brooklyn lawyers, one ivy-league educated, are caught trying to firebomb a police cruiser
  • Hundreds of New York stores, from Macy’s and Louis Vuitton to mom-and-pop pharmacies and corner bodegas, are looted and destroyed each night
  • David Dorn, 77, a black retired police chief, is shot and killed when he attempted to prevent the looting of a pawn shop, and his killers post a video of the dead man on Facebook

These aren’t demonstrators seeking to correct an injustice we’re witnessing.

It’s something more visceral — pent up rage erupting in mob rule and total destruction.

As my friend Amy would say, between the pandemic and the rioting, "2020 is almost as bad as my first marriage."

Third, and most important, de Blasio would favor the nightly rioting, mayhem and destruction over two actual constitutionally-protected rights: Freedom of religion and the freedom to earn a living.

Freedom of religion is obvious. The Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment guarantees every citizen the right to faithfully practice the religion of his choice.

But the right to earn a living is also guaranteed. In 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Judicial Circuit reaffirmed that the right to earn a living by engaging in a trade is protected under the Constitution.

"The ability to pursue one’s profession or 'common calling' is one of the limited number of foundational rights protected under the Privileges and Immunities Clause" of Article IV of the Constitution, the court held in McBurney vs. Young.

In addition, constitutional scholar Timothy Sandefur, who wrote "The Right to Earn a Living: Economic Freedom and the Law," quotes William Blackstone as saying, "At the common law, every man might use what trade he pleased."

A meme is making the rounds on the internet that depicts the Founders gathered around their newly-drafted Constitution.

One of them asks, "None of this counts if people get sick, right?"

The Constitution is like a marriage vow: "For better or worse, in sickness or in health."

It can’t be turned on and off like a light switch. It’s always on, and it always applies as the foundational set of rules for the country’s administration.

In the United States the people rule the government — not the other way around.

And it’s not inconceivable that the rioting is rooted in the frustration of not being able to provide for one’s family and one’s self.

That pent up rage we’re witnessing more-than-likely has less to do with a perceived injustice than it does with being ordered to shelter in place while we see our jobs, our businesses, and our livelihoods disappear.

Whether president or peon, judge or janitor, there’s dignity in work, yet the left believes that we would willingly trade that dignity in for a few dollars in "free" money.

Opening during a pandemic isn’t without its risks, but Americans are born with an innate common sense and Yankee ingenuity to work their way through the problems.

And the Constitution demands it. 

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports More Here.

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