Here’s one more item for you, the last in our civics book: Rights.
Boy, everyone in this country is always running around yammering about
their ____ing rights. I have a right, you have no right, we have a
right, they don’t have a right… Folks, I hate to spoil your fun,
but there’s no such thing as rights, okay? They’re imaginary. We made
them up! Like the Boogie Man… the Three Little Pigs, Pinocchio, Mother
Goose, ___ like that.
Rights are an idea. They’re just imaginary.
They are a cute idea, cute… but that’s all, cute, and fictional. But
if you think you do have rights, let me ask you this: where do they
come from? People say, well, they come from God, they’re God-given
rights… Aw ____, here we go again… here we go again. The God excuse.
The last refuge of a man with no answers and no argument, it came from
God. Anything we can’t describe, must have come from God.
Personally, folks, I believe that if your rights came from God, he
would have given you the right to have some food every day, and he
would have given you the right to a roof over your head, God would
have been looking out for you. God would have been looking
out for you. You know that? He wouldn’t have been worrying about
making sure you have a gun so you can get drunk on Sunday night and
kill your girlfriend’s parents.
But let’s say it’s true, let’s say God gave us these rights. Why would
he give us a certain number of rights? The Bill of Rights of this
country has ten stipulations, okay? Ten rights. And apparently God was
doing sloppy work that week because we had to amend the Bill of Rights
an additional seventeen times. So God forgot a couple of things. Like…
slavery! Just ____ing slipped his mind.
But let’s say,
let’s say God gave us the original ten. He gave the British thirteen,
the British Bill of Rights has thirteen stipulations. The Germans have
twenty-nine, the Belgians have twenty-five, the Swedish have only six,
and some people in the world have no rights at all. What kind of a
____ing goddamn God-given deal is that? No rights at all?
Why would God give different people in different countries different numbers of
different rights? Boredom? Amusement? Bad arithmetic? Do we find out
at long last after all this time that God is weak in math skills?
Doesn’t sound like divine planning to me. Sounds more like human
planning. Sounds more like one group trying to control another group.
In other words, business as usual in America.
Now, if you think you do have rights, one last assignment for you.
Next time you’re at the computer, get on the Internet, go to
Wikipedia. When you get to Wikipedia, in the search field for
Wikipedia, I want you to type in “Japanese Americans 1942,” and you’ll
find out all about your precious ____ing rights, okay? All
right. You know about it. You know about it. Ya.
In 1942, there were a 110,000 Japanese American citizens in good
standing, law-abiding people, who were thrown into internment camps
simply because their parents were born in the wrong country. That’s
all they did wrong. They had no right to a lawyer, no right to a fair
trial, no right to a jury of their peers, no right to due process of
any kind. The only right they had, “right this way” – into the
Just when these American citizens needed their
rights the most, their government took ’em away. And rights aren’t
rights if someone can take ’em away. They’re privileges, that’s all
we’ve ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary privileges. And
if you read the news even badly, you know that every year the list
gets shorter and shorter and shorter. You see what I was
Yeah… sooner or later the people in this country gonna realize the
government does not give a ____ about them. The government doesn’t
care about you, or your children, or your rights, or your welfare, or
your safety, it simply doesn’t give a ____ about you. It’s interested
in its own power, that’s the only thing, keeping it and expanding it
Personally, when it comes to rights, I think one of two things is
true. I think either we have unlimited rights, or we have no rights at
all. Personally, I lean toward unlimited rights, I feel for instance I
have the right to do anything I please. But – if I do something you
don’t like I think, you have the right to kill me.
So where you’re
gonna find a fairer ____ing deal than that? So the next time some
_______ says to you, I have a right to my opinion, you say, oh yeah,
well I have a right to my opinion, and my opinion is you have no right
to your opinion. Then, shoot the ____ and walk away!