America’s Vanishing Civic Duty

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According to a new poll from the Associated Press, Americans don’t feel the sense of civic duty they did in previous generations. When compared with a similar poll done thirty years ago, today’s citizens don’t feel as compelled to keep up with the news, serve on a jury, or even report crime in their communities.

The poll asked respondents about six activities related to civic awareness: volunteering, jury duty, knowing English, reporting crime, voting, and keeping up to date with the news. While the importance of voting and volunteering has remained the same, numbers are down in the other areas. And even though three quarters of Americans said that voting was a central part of citizenship, the 36 percent of eligible voter turnout in November undercuts the assessment.

Still, say the pollsters, it’s not quite time to panic. Though numbers have dropped, the vast majority of respondents still feel most of the proposed civic duties are important. 90 percent said that reporting crime, voting, knowing English, and serving on a jury were at least “somewhat important” civic responsibilities.

What Does It Mean?

To me, the most disturbing aspect of the poll was that only 37 percent of respondents thought it was important to keep up with the news. Young people have always placed more importance on what’s going on immediately around them than what’s happening around the country, but the slide here is across the board. A full fifth of Americans say they feel no obligation whatsoever to stay informed. If you’ve ever wondered why this country is sliding headlong into troubled territory, that answer alone could explain it. You can’t vote wisely if you have no idea what’s going on.

Is It Any Wonder?

In reality, the poll’s results should come as no surprise. For at least a decade, the entire concept of being a “patriotic American” has been mocked mercilessly by the left. Stephen Colbert made a name for himself by spending nine years making fun of anyone who might still take pride in their country. Our public schools teach children that America is riddled with a dark, disturbing history that is to be shamed, not celebrated. You can’t even mention Christopher Columbus anymore without soon happening upon the word “genocide.”

It’s been a long time since John F. Kennedy implored Americans to ask what they could do for their country. Today’s liberals want only to tell America what government can do for them. And when the entire notion of patriotism has been twisted into something to be – at best – laughed at (and at worst considered something akin to racism), you can hardly expect Americans to care about pitching in.

Our community spirit has dwindled under the religion of multiculturalism. We’ve bought into the lie that says “America has no homegrown culture.” And it’s led us to become a people with no unified beliefs, no shared history, and no civic responsibility. If this is the progress train, I’m ready to get off.

104 Comments
  1. Yadja says

    Results of pandering to children. No spanking, no punishment, no rules no nothing so there ya have it. A generation or generations of “Me, Me, Me”. No feelings of responsibility to anything or anybody.

    Little Brown Shirts who buy into the government taking care of everything and everybody.

    1. pateboo says

      My parents made no attempt at being my “friend”. They were my PARENTS, I did what they told me to do, or you paid the penalty. My mother knew where my sisters and I were, who we were with, and we had rules. Today’s parents think they’re doing their JOB if they can reach their kids by cell phone a few times a day. That kid could be anywhere, doing anything, including robbing convenient stores. The total lack of morals will be the death of America yet. My late mother tried to instill 3 things in my sisters and me, good grammar, good manners, and good morals. Who does that these days???

      1. Yadja says

        Mine also and I raised mine the same. All turned out to be assets to this country not burdens.

        My mother came here after WWII and she had been interred in POW camps for the duration of the war. She certainly did not spare the rod. My stepfather was a Marine. He said there is not Gray areas when it comes to Right and Wrong. Humanity makes the Gray areas.

        I have had a lot of dealings with the New Mom’s who came into nursing. I am an RN for many years. They were very self centered and when the week-end came they came first, their fun and their going out with the girls. Women today actually believe in the Myth of Diva and it is destroying their children. But they have bit their noses off to spite their faces because my youngest son and his generation are not marrying. They believe these women to be too high maintenance and a liability instead of a Blessing.

    2. Terry Hamblin says

      You know Yadja, I think that there is a parallel in our country in the last 6 years, with the Soviet Union. Think about it, Lenin and Marx were academics with no knowledge at all about real life basics. They surrounded themselves with more academics and never found a way to feed the people under them. Stalin was a soldier with no knowledge of people, so he killed about 20 million of them, maybe that helped out the food crisis. Huge government and handouts. Does any of this sound familiar? Look at Obama, Holder and all of the Czars, academics, academics, academics. No wonder the country is a mess. We are recovering however with good old ingenuity and hard work, no thanks to the learned Government!

      1. Becky says

        We will never recover unless we start deporting anti-American people. OR hanging them for treason if they’ve acted on any of their evil beliefs. If there is NO punishment for trying to greatly harm Americans, the thugs will not stop. Just because they ARE thugs.

        We USED to do just that.

      2. Yadja says

        I am well aware my dear. My great grand spent most of his life in the Gulag, came out blind and could not speak. My grandfather ran an underground to get intelligentsia out of Commie countries and was banished to Siberia where my mother was born. He was a Consul and just before they were to be massacred they escaped.

        Moved and moved and finally ended-up in the Philippines where he continued his underground until the war broke out and he and my mother ended-up in Santo Thomas and Los Buenoes Japanese POW camps. Los Buenoes last to be liberated in WWII.

        Stalin’s signature legislation was National Healthcare. People in this country need to read Solzhenitsyn “Cancer Ward.” Then they will see where O care is leading us. Yes from getting rid of generals, to O care that will get rid of millions of aged and infirm, everything O has done is leading us down the road and somebody better stop him he still has 2 years. Even on vacation he freed more Gitmo prisoners, has made deals with Iran to send their nuclear material to Russia, he never stops on his road to do his worst.

        I Loathe him like I have never ever Loathed anyone in my life and I am furious with Congress for not making him pay a heavy price.

        1. Terry Hamblin says

          Wow Yadja, you have been privy to some really heart breaking experiences, I hope that you could just sit and talk with your folks about that. I had the privilege of being able to chat with one of Jose Antonio’s side kicks, and a doctor who served in the Russian campaign against the Germans, turns out the he was in a Spanish Regiment that fought with the Germans, División Azule.

          1. Yadja says

            Nope

          2. Yadja says

            But thank you for your kind sentiments. My grandfather and mother are dead long ago in the 70’s and no other people here on my mother’s side of the family.

            My father died when I was 18 and I never knew him or that side of the family with the exception of his sister who is now dead.

            I have made it a point to read everything I can get my hands on on WWII and that has given me solace. Along with reading about Stalin and Lenin, Hitler etc.

            Thank you again Terry and you had a great experience. “)

          3. Terry Hamblin says

            My folks died when I was 13 Yadja, I was the oldest of 7 brothers and sisters, we all worked our way through college and got our degrees. Yes it was a great privilege to be able to converse with a Spanish Nuclear engineer, since that was my career also. This man was Alfredo Sainz de Ynestrillas and he financed most of Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera’s ascension to being a Spanish hero as a friend of the poor. Alfredo, after the death of Jose Antonio, walked from Valencia to Barcelona through the woods so as not to get captured. Generalisimo Francisco Franco let Jose Antonio be killed by a “Red” firing squad and then used the man’s legacy to dupe the Spanish public into thinking that they were going to be governed in a socialist state.

          4. Yadja says

            Wow what a story and thank you for sharing. My grand was a Consul and ran an underground to get Intelligentsia out of Isms. He was banished to Siberia where my mother was born and they escaped prior to execution orders.

            Escaped to Sacclin Island then to Philippines and continued his underground.

            My great grand fought Isms and was in the Gulag.

            My other people on grands side rode with the Carzs.

            Oh my what a story. I lived in Spain when it was under Military rule. I know the area of Valencia to Barcelona.

            Please write all down and maybe a book huh?

            Think on it this world needs stories like yours now.. We on this site are so lucky to have people like yourself here.

            Thank you so very much.

          5. Terry Hamblin says

            Same to you Yadja!
            Thank you for your insights.

          6. Yadja says

            “)

    3. Daingit says

      Basically, the socialist liberals like it where they can use our tax dollars to buy votes. They know that as long as they support those on welfare with our tax dollars; they control a voter base of liberal voters who would rather sell drugs and receive free handouts paid for by us; the tax payers.

      1. Yadja says

        With all the millions of immigrants from only one basic Race they have the insurance they need to “Drastically Change” this country.

        If the new Congress continues to talk compromising, which we did not vote them in to do, we are goners.

        Soon as the last generations are dead, which O care will hasten with shovel ready jobs, we are a Monarchy.

    4. John Wirts says

      Who is going to raise the children of these entitled infants? The schools have a lot of power in enforcing government mandates. But no one parents, schools or even the almighty CPS can educate, teach morality, or responsibility. These lost lambs know only I want, not how to nurture, mold, and teach independence. Independence cannot exist unless you take responsibility for your own and your family’s support, Learn to establish goals for yourself and your family. If the government supports you, you don’t have a family the government does, and they keep you on their plantation like a good little slave.

      1. Yadja says

        What I see around me John and I bet you do also is children being raised by their grands. I see it everywhere I go. They are raising them due to the mother or father or both being hooked on drugs or having dealings with the police.

        It is a long a complicated subject that most likely begins in the late 50’s when mothers began leaving the home to work. Of course those families usually were close to other family members and they kept the children. Or the grands lived with the parents. I remember my mother and father and their friends discussing this subject and wondering how it would turn out.

        Then of course, like my own family, families became more disconnected due to living further apart and the old family system fell through the cracks and the grands were put away in homes. I remember my mother and father speaking with their friends on this also. They were watching a fast moving train that none of them could imagine where it would stop or if it would.

        Just my take on it. Of course the children are the future as every society has known and those who wish us to have a One World Order like O and Rockefeller and so many others have certainly made sure that the children are dumb and that they are the “Stupid” voters of the future. My daughter went to the University of Florida in Gainesville. Filled to overflowing with Arab students who constantly were rallying against Israel. My daughter knew the truth and told them where they could go. She also came up against very Liberal professors who preached the wonders of Socialism and Communism. But having heard the stories of my mother and her people escaping the isms and fighting the isms she again knew the truth. She also knew the truth about the Japanese POW camps because I told her and my sons, my mother and grand were interred in them for the duration of the war. So her generation and her friends were well educated and their parents were involved in their teaching and their lives.

        Eventually all the good parents, the Conservative and religious parents will be gone and all that will be left is this sludge.

        Slaves yes. But in every century where slaves were used they rebelled sooner or later. time will tell.

  2. BigC says

    Not surprising……….it doesn’t seem like America anymore!

    1. Jerry Holloway says

      Its not and until we take back what’s Americas and start teaching our kids the truth ourselves we are on hill like a snowball headed for hell.

  3. Mark Clemens says

    I think the main problem w/the “Lack of Enthusiasm” is politics are boring and dull. Also we keep sending the same people back to DC. I think if turn overs or term limits were in play, more people would get involved, because we all like a tight race.
    The political parties are to blame for this. They (well, we all know) somebody has to win, so the D’s & R”s put up sell outs. Look at the shaping of the 2016 Presidential Candidates. So far we MIGHT have a Clinton chasing a Bush again. Who wants either? Wall Street? Not the average Joe or Selma.
    How can anybody get excited about either ticket? Also if the Tea Party wants to take the bull by the horns, they need to quit piggybacking on the Elephant. Tea dies not ride well on Jumbo’s back, it keeps falling off!!!!
    We need to find local candidates who WILL impose term and age limits, for starters.

    1. Shauna says

      Mark, I like your posts, but if you think politics are boring and dull? What do you propose to do to make it exciting to involve more people? I have said this over and over…It is up to us to fight and it’s not going to be easy…..Please do not give anyone a excuse to not be a part of the process, ( by saying it’s boring), people will use any excuse nowadays….Get louder, get rowdy and raise some hell..I know it’s frustrating….but we can’t stop now….Keep up the good fight! Happy New Year and let’s make this a amazing 2015!

      1. Mark Clemens says

        One of like a million suggestions I have would be, instead of us or special interest groups spending like $50,000 for a BBQ Sandwich and beans. Why don’t the candidates give that kind of food to the people who live in the town they are campaigning in? Hell my incumbent senator got $14,000,000 in donations he could of had several big picnics w/a few bands. Free Food and Music always draws a crowd.
        You have the Best New Year of your life!
        Peace………..

        1. Shauna says

          Mark, love and peace, but this is what I’m talking about..If your concerned about this stuff, STOP IT! I am aware we have many “takers”…..but we can stop the amount of pride in those who choose to take the assistance as a career choice…Please do not make excuses for this behavior. I hear the issues, and my question is, “What are you going to do to stop this?” It is going to take uncomfortable positions to stop this govt….what is your position?

          1. Mark Clemens says

            I see nothing wrong w/a political party having Fan Fair events to spread their messages. All the money both parties raise yearly is astronomical, they should give back to the communities they want to represent. Instead of being stingy w/money they didn’t earn. As I said nothing draws a crowd like Free Food and Music.
            How would you draw a crowd for political motivation?

          2. Jarhead says

            It has become a money making scam……instead of helping ALL American’s.
            Maybe there should be a limit on what Political Parties rack in…say tops of $100,000.00 ?

          3. Shauna says

            Hey Mark, happy Sunday! I wanted to apologize for coming across as a bit harsh…I was worked into quite a tizzy last night…It was a bit misdirected..I am tired of people complaining, but not doing anything. I busted my backside this past election at my own expense, ( my choice of course), but so many of my friends will quietly cheer me on for speaking out, etc, but they won’t. It is going to take ALL of us to step up, speak out, and tell the pc crowd to “F” off! I would suggest starting with your home owners association. add something in the meetings about your local politics..start organizing meetings about issues that are local…It will take some work on your part, but good proper information is so important and most will not do the work. We need people to lead now..Classes are being held by local groups on how to do just this….If you need more info let me know..I’ll get you to someone here local but can direct you to someone in your area. God speed!

  4. Patricia Mazzola says

    Voted for Obama,because trusted his word and look what happened…

    1. trueblueam@yahoo.com says

      Please don’t believe any candidate’s words. You must look into their background and speeches they have given, organizations they frequent, etc. I did my research in 2008 and never voted for O. I knew he was Muslim inspite of his “Christian speak” because just as often he would say things like “there are many paths to heaven”….”the most beautiful sound I ever heard was the Muslim call to prayer.” That was an alert to do more research. This article is correct that many are not getting informed before they vote. I taught hs history/government for 37 years and I always emphasized to my students that they needed to be informed with the truth…do their research…before voting. I also told them if they were too lazy to do their research, they should be too lazy to vote…I did not want them to vote because unwise decisions lead to unwise leaders…and national destruction.

      1. fearlessolotraveler says

        The “reality” of our situation is:

        We have a two-party system that pursues the mechanizations of globalism in tandem, not in contest. When BOTH parties have the same desires and goals, when BOTH parties collude to remove civil liberties rather than protect them, and when BOTH parties are funded by the same corporate backers, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS CHANGE THROUGH THE PROCESS OF ELECTIONS! Anyone who claims that government corruption can be punished through the BALLOT BOX hasn’t the slightest clue how our system really functions. They think we are still living in the original “America,” one that valued the voice of the people. Research: personalliberty.com/its-not-america-anymore/

        1. J. Bailey says

          …and there is concerted effort to keep US w/in the confines of the ‘2-party’ system to allow US the illusion of Choice …

          1. fearlessolotraveler says

            J. Bailey: You are absolutely CORRECT! Either ignorance or cognitive dissonance prevents the “average” American from understanding that concept, so NOTHING CHANGES or will change! Even if “a select few” understand it, they also realize: “NOTHING can be done to stop or deter the snowball effect!” THE PLAN to destroy America is too embedded, too organized, too “well on its way to completion!”

          2. J. Bailey says

            Oh no … don’t GIVE UP … It is a head game … Granted there is a skillfully embroidered Plan but relies on getting you to BELIEVE – still WE have the numbers AND the Power … Realize that it is w/in Our Military and our LEOs where Enforcement is necessary for their agenda to succeed … Don’t bite on the Cops v the People … part of the ‘plan’ …

            Take a few minutes to watch … Fight for Freedom has always been:
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6b70TUbdfs

          3. J. Bailey says

            Remember that Our Military and our LEOs swear an Oath to Uphold Our Constitution so anything that does not comport w/ Our Constitution is, in reality, NOT a law but is illegal … Efforts to befriend and remind them of their Oath could be the tipping point we need… We have their backs, but if they allow themselves to become the strongarm of the politicians … well we all KNOW what politicians do when they are finished USING someone …

          4. fearlessolotraveler says

            Thank you for your additional comment. First: What are LEO’s? Second: Since WHEN does “swearing an oath to our Constitution” mean anything to the 545+ crooks, thieves, liars, cheats and traitors in WDC? Remember: It isn’t WHAT they say, it’s WHAT they DO which proves or disproves their credibility, intentions and behavior! Each of those monsters SWORE (I recall a politician “sworn in” to an office with his hand on the Quran!!) to God with their filthy hands on the Holy Bible to “uphold and protect the Constitution…” but HAVE THEY “protected the Constitution?” NO!! THEY HAVE NOT and they WILL NOT! Understanding the psychopathic mentality of those monsters, I’m guessing they laughed and sneered down their elitist noses after taking the “oath of office,” knowing full well they have absolutely NO INTENTION EVER of upholding OR protecting our Constitution!——–I greatly admire your optimism my friend, but during the last 3-5 decades, America has absorbed way too much “diversity, multi-culturalism, Political Correctness and other social damages” to even think about UNITING against the USG…the perpetual enemy of “We, the People!”—The “United we stand, divided we fall” was an inspiring and famous idiom during WWII but that “united” mentality has been kicked to the curb the past seventy five years via USG brain-washing, propaganda and illegal immigration.—-Bless your heart, you’re an optimist and I admire that but researching, studying, being “awake” and observing what’s happened to the US in the past eight years, I have succumbed to REALITY…even, fatalism! —–Since 2007, I believe my job is to “Educate, and motivate” the Sheeple whenever possible, so at least, they will KNOW what’s coming!

            “The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to
            change, the REALIST adjusts the sails.” ~William Arthur Ward

          5. J. Bailey says

            Love your quote – here’s mine …
            “Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the
            airplane, the pessimist invents the parachute.” ~George Bernard Shaw

            LEO = Law Enforcement Officer …

            Are we circling the drain … have to admit it looks bleak … and yes most of those in DC that are supposed to SERVE/REPRESENT US are, now we know, Self-Serving LIARS… Still their UNconstitutional edicts, proclamations, mandates are nothing but hot air w/o the ENFORCERS… Our Military and/or LEOs … Thus the reason for the provocateurs alleging a hostile Cops v the People – attempt by these ‘elitists’ … It is just the OLD Divide and Conquer scheme…perpetrated by the no longer Freedom of the Press (bought & paid to just spew propaganda) …because they HAVE to have the ENFORCERS under their Control for any of this to actualize…

            State’s Rights

            …but we have to clean-up LOCALLY and everything starts w/ the Man in the Mirror …

            Keep doing what you are doing … we ALL have our own sphere of influence.

          6. fearlessolotraveler says

            J. Bailey: I watched and listened to The Tiny Dot and will share that concept with awakened fellow Americans for their interpretation.

            After at least a century (or longer?) of brain-washing and propagandizing The Throng into accepting the fact “they have a moral obligation to obey The Gang,” I don’t believe Americans will ever “unite” again (as they did during WWII) in order to refuse as a Whole to comply and maintain their freedoms. As you know, without absolute unification, there can be no possibility of “the Throng” ever ignoring or refusing to comply with “The Gang” or their “Enforcers”…a state of affairs for our country which isn’t just sad, it’s absolutely heart-breaking! 🙁

          7. J. Bailey says

            …because this time it is a threat “on the inside” … as promised :O(

            STILL it was only 3% (w/ 9% in support) that formed Our Constitutional Republic … Don’t cave … :O)

          8. fearlessolotraveler says

            “…well, we all KNOW what politicians do when they are finished USING someone…” Yes, the knowledgeable refer to that “no longer useful” procedure as a “fiery car crash, plane crash or unplanned Suicide using their own pants belt!” (to name just a few of the politicians’ “selections of choice” to eliminate someone!) FYI: http://www.quora.com/What-conspiracies-are-there-about-Aaron-Swartzs-death

          9. fearlessolotraveler says

            J. Bailey: In response to your statement: “Remember that our military and our LEOs swear an oath…” It isn’t necessarily the military I’m worried about but the heavily militarized local and state POLICE posturing in America everyday in almost impenetrable combat gear, armored trucks (even tanks!) high-tech weapons, Drones, etc, etc. that I’m VERY concerned about! Three years ago, however, I did ask an ex-Marine “if he would fire on his American countrymen?” Would you like to guess what he said?

    2. Ron Warren says

      Happy you have awakened to the truth and reality. I do not vote for or support candidates who are “new” to the scene. In 2007 I had never heard of Barack Obama. A vote for him might as well have been a vote for Mr. McGoo the cartoon character. Check out candidates carefully. People interested only in trinkets and freebees got us into this present national mess. Let’s change it back to sensibility, responsibility and putting the citizens, NOT THE GOVERNMENT, first.

      1. fearlessolotraveler says

        “When the people fear the government, it’s TYRANNY. When the government fears the people, it’s FREEDOM!” ~Thomas Jefferson, third (legal and verified) President of the United States.

    3. Jerry Holloway says

      Well have you opened your eyes to the truth yet?

    4. Shauna says

      Yep, so now what will you do to help fix it?

      1. Jarhead says

        Reduce ALL Federal Budgets/spending (except FBI, CIA & Military). Short Term Limits for Congress & L O N G prison terms for those FED/GOV employees found guilty. PLUS Drug testing!

        1. Shauna says

          Thanks Jarhead! I appreciate your response. I am so FED UP with our govt and the agitator trash that have the idiots marching around and creating anarchy. Each and every crime or attack as a result of the hyped up narrative, including the media, should be held accountable for this…

  5. fred says

    If we teach our children one thing it is that they don’t always get what they want, and if you work at what you want and build the skills you need to achieve it no matter what it is , most things in life are not that difficult to obtain in this world if you are self-motivated and have DISCIPLINE to get them. If you are self-indulgent and have no discipline you will likely fail at most things. Where do you get this type of thinking instilled in your children? At home, not at the schools, even private schools have sold out to the new world order paradigm that teaches them to be deceptive and mean and not honor their parents but work for the State instead, this is Communism at it’s core, divide and conquer all, just like the criminal born in kenya is attempting with his head of education and courts. You are the only defense your children have against this menace, and you have to drill it in their heads if you want to teach them the right path in life. Freedom is paramount and so is respect and hard work and diligence for learning the truth over some political fiction invented to swallow their independent and innovative thoughts. So civic duty isn’t necessarily hat the State tells you to do to help others, it come from their own minds about what to do for others that will benefit all without being directed by the communist minds we currently have in our Governments!

  6. John F Remillard says

    A roughly 1,200 member group calling themselves GameChanger Salon is directly responsible for the decay of American civic feelings & duty. The GameChanger Salon are sworn enemies of the United States dedicated to engineering the demoralization of the people of the United States of America. Except for FoxNews Channel (a small cable news service), the Wall Street Journal, and a few small newspapers, every reporter, writer, editor, announcer, TV Show host, and union leader at the main-stream-media (ABC CBS NBC CNN), Disney, Paramount, Universal, and Time-Warner is a member of the GameChanger Salon.

    The GameChanger Salon meets to review, discuss, rewrite, and edit every single word, line, topic, content, and style of every item released in the main-stream-media. There is no Freedom of the Press in the main-stream-media, movies, music, entertainment, video games, and education today!

    The GameChanger Salon is a FASCIST communist propaganda machine!

    1. Seldena says

      Thank you for this information. I have heard the term but, didnot know what it was about. Thanks!
      May I use your info?

      1. John F Remillard says

        Yes

        An Advanced Google search finds much more about GameChanger Salon, history, etc., including a list of the names of the members.

      2. Archangel says

        You are absolutely correct John! Everyone, at least every AMERICAN should do a search of “Gamechanger Salon”!
        The list of Organizations and individuals and the stated goals and objectives of this collective should be of great concern for all of those who still believe in our Constitutional Republic and the Unalienable Right of Individual Freedom and Liberty!

        1. skipsart says

          Hey, I just typed in “Gamechanger Salon” as George Soros’s Snopes Urban Legend website and nothing came up. So it must be real if Snopes can’t conveniently find it………….LOL !!!

        2. Laddyboy says

          Archangel: I am not sure you want to use the word “unalienable” the most correct word should be “INalienable”, as it was used in the Constitution. Inalienable meaning that it exhisted before man wrote any laws and that RIGHT cannot be legislated or taken away from (you) the People.

          1. Archangel says

            Wrong! Although there are those who would have everyone believe that the two words are interchangeable meaning wise, there is quite a remarkable difference in the meaning of the two words and how they are used!

            The natural rights of life and liberty are UNALIENABLE. Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

            “Unalienable: Incapable of being alienated, that is, it can neither be deprived, sold or transferred.” Black’s Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, page 1523:

            You can not surrender, sell or transfer unalienable rights, they are a gift from the creator to the individual and can not under any circumstances be surrendered or taken. All American’s have unalienable rights. (I don’t give a damn about the rest of the world)

            Inalienable rights: Rights which are not capable of being surrendered or transferred without “the consent” of the one possessing such rights. Morrison v. State, Mo. App., 252 S.W.2d 97, 101.

            You can surrender, sell or transfer inalienable rights if you consent either actually or constructively. Inalienable rights are not inherent in man and can be alienated by government. Most state constitutions recognize only inalienable rights.

            DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE:
            We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain “{unalienable rights}”, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

            There is much case law on this issue!

            Men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,-‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;’ and to ‘secure,’ not grant or create, these rights, governments are instituted.
            BUDD v. PEOPLE OF STATE OF NEW YORK, 143 U.S. 517 (1892)

            “[T]he Due Process Clause protects the [“unalienable” liberty recognized in the Declaration of Independence] rather than the particular rights or privileges conferred by specific laws or regulations.” SANDIN v. CONNER, ___ U.S. ___ (1995)

            The constitution expressly declares, that the right of acquiring, possessing, and protecting property is natural, inherent, and “unalienable”. It is a right not ex gratia from the legislature, but ex debito from the constitution. VANHORNE’S LESSEE v. DORRANCE, 2 U.S. 304 (1795)

            Among these “unalienable” rights, as proclaimed in that great document, is the right of men to pursue their happiness, by which is meant the right to pursue any lawful business or vocation, in any manner not inconsistent with the equal rights of others, which may increase their prosperity or develop their faculties, so as to give to them their highest enjoyment. The common business and callings of life, the ordinary trades and pursuits, which are innocuous in themselves, and have been followed in all communities from time immemorial, must therefore be free in this country to all alike upon the same conditions. The right to pursue them, without let or hinderance, except that which is applied to all persons of the same age, sex, and condition, is a distinguishing privilege of citizens of the United States, and an essential element of that freedom which they claim as their birthright. BUTCHERS’ UNION CO. v. CRESCENT CITY CO., 111 U.S. 746 (1884)
            Spend some time and affiliate yourself with the difference in the meaning

          2. Laddyboy says

            Archangel: I stand corrected and edified. Thank You for the lesson. I shall use “UNALIENABLE RIGHTS” henceforth.

          3. Archangel says

            Our educational system is inundated with Liberals, Progressives, Socialists, Marxists and Communists who over the years have substituted Unalienable with Inalienable; claiming initially, that the two words had the same definition and were interchangeable (which of course they are not) then it was claimed that the word Unalienable had somehow become an archaic term and has been slowly, subtly and systematically substituted with Inalienable!
            Although they can’t revise the wording of the original documents, it doesn’t matter, because over time perception fostered with ignorance, lies and deception becomes reality!
            When one comes to understand the difference in the definition of the two words and the consequences of allowing Unalienable to be substituted with Inalienable, it then becomes extremely evident why these Liberals, Progressives, Socialists, Marxists and Communists pursue this surreptitious endeavor!
            It is of most importance that all AMERICAN’S be continuously made aware of or reminded of the difference between these words especially as it is passed on to our posterity lest they become unwitting victims of the deception.

    2. Shauna says

      Thankyou for this…..I think it’s time some good computer peeps, dig into Billy Wimsat’s background…..He seems to be responsible for the “spin” on the police officer’s, and if he isn’t recognized for his part in this chaos, I’m happy to help! he is as responsible as Sharpton and the rest of the trash! post his name far and wide, as a matter of fact, Let every single police officer or soldier, fireman, etc….know of this individual…..doesn’t like civic duty? Then let him be on his own when he needs help……repost his name EVERYWHERE! I am FED UP with these slimy individuals, and it’s time to start fighting fire with fire. Start our own game changer….

    3. Korean_Vet says

      What many Americans don’t realize is–“That Billionaire George Soros bought ‘Censorship’
      Controls” on 30 U.S. Major TV Media before Obama ran for President & Recently–“Buffett
      (also a Liberal)–has bought “Control over 70 Newspaper-Media”-! Most things that scandal
      the Liberals & Democrats are carefully “Filtered-Out” from the American’s Public Ears & Eyes-!
      For Example–U.S. Agency INS Records– disclosed that 29 yr-old Obama Sr. had gotten a 2nd High-School Girl Pregnant in MA in 1964, when he was attending Harvard & He paid for her to
      get an “Abortion” in London–since abortions were still “illegal” in the USA-! The Foreign Media
      jumped on this Scandal as “Big News” in 2008, but they (the London “Telegraph” & “Asian News
      International”) as they went Public & (George Soros) “Censored It from the American Public”–so
      they wouldn’t read it here in America-! (It’s nice to have “Socialists”–cover-up your “Scandals”-!
      (Also–Notice ‘How Bias’ the New York Times Is–(Hint)–George Soros’s Son works there-! )

    4. Becky says

      John that’s exactly why I have called our ‘media’ Pravda for a very long time. The degradation began in the early 1970s. News was no longer reported. OPINIONS ruled the newsprint. I stopped buying printed media at that time.

  7. Seldena says

    No one is taking resposibility for anything including themselves. I loved Civics Class in school. I was so proud to do my civic duties because I was proud to be an American! This is being lost and it is so sad…

    1. Jarhead says

      Less & less civility…….and fewer postings of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (which apply to all humans regardless of convictions/party/religion/color/IQ).

  8. trueblueam@yahoo.com says

    O contrar…this is the destruction train and we’ve been on it for about 30 years…with some fits and starts. Demanding the lie that this nation was not built on the Judeo-Christian ethic is a farce which our youth are being fed by heaps. It is leading to our destruction. Parents must take an active role in their children’s education…look at what they learned each day and correct the lies. Otherwise, our lack of the truth will bury us as a nation of free people. Those who refuse to become informed and vote accordingly are burying themselves along with the rest of us. Hosea 4:6-7 God’s people are destroyed for their lack of knowledge and their rejection of truth. Truth is not “relative”….it is God.

  9. Dan says

    I will not let ignorance deter me from the truth. Nowadays, a lot of younger people choose”the easy way out”, of voting without being informed, merely for racial or bi-partisan influence. The leftist toddler name calling needs to cease, if we are to progress as a republic. Shame on anybody that doesn’t want to contribute to their share of the freedom that they enjoy. Many brave men died so that they may have the right to speak freely, worship whatever God they choose, and vote for elected officials to carry out Government duties. There are many who do not realize the cost of our freedom, but I do, and I hold myself accountable to carry on the path of true freedom. Gun and Bible in hand, if need be.

  10. Patriot47 says

    Maybe the cesspool created by progressives is backing up.

    1. Mark Clemens says

      A little political Drano wouldn’t hurt….,…….

  11. tarotcardman says

    they think the taxes they pay , to all levels of government should cover it. but concerned do not have the personal time available due to over work and inflation weakening value of the dollar, the prisoners should work in parks to maintain them for the public, this would require the judges to give the option jail time, or work time,
    in the community.

    1. Shauna says

      I wonder what would happen if say we did something radical, like not paying them? Would it shut down the govt? would they listen then?

      1. Jarhead says

        $harpton doesn’t pay his taxes, and the IRS reports over 100,000 FED/GOV employees don’t either! But they can get huge cash bonuses in addition to huge salaries for keeping their mouth shut and cooking the books and other criminal acts! SEE AZ VA Hospital Death By Delay tactics.

        1. Shauna says

          Yes, and WE are funding it by paying our taxes. Can you imagine what would happen if the honest taxpayers told the govt to go “F” themselves? They can’t jail all of us and guess what? The trash that don’t want to work and is living off this might have to actually find a job. Our govt can’t spend the way they want to and continue to thumb their nose at us and they don’t get paid either. maybe they would have to listen afterall. Gosh it’s only 10am and I’m all riled up…I am so fed up. grrr….Oh and the way our military is being treated is absolutely disgusting..Every liberal should be run out of town…disgusting low rent slime..I’m more then happy to grab them by the collar and drop their worthless asses off in the middle east, especially since they are so freaking sympathetic to the terrorists….grrr

          1. Jarhead says

            Well said Shauna….and you never have typos…..KUDOS to you girl.
            Keep up the good works! Semper Fi

          2. Shauna says

            Thank you for the compliment sir! and more importantly, thank YOU for your service!! I salute you, and not with a starbucks in hand, but the true salute with respect!!! 😉

          3. Jarhead says

            Thanks should really go to the boys who didn’t make it home. Small world, one of my 7 sons works for Moby Dick’s ! It is really sad and disgusting that our Disabled Vets don’t get better, FASTER Health Care when & WHERE needed. Rant over! GOD Bless & Semper Fi

          4. Shauna says

            So, so true…I lost a very dear, dear friend and it’s taken me a while to get over this….time heals all wounds but my utter hatred of this administration and the left will not go away, and if it’s up to me I promise this, I will CRUSH them one by one. I will not stop! Everyone of these slimy sob’s should be held responsible for the stupid ideology…Ok, need to stop because I’m working my self into a tizzy, I truly hate the progressives…Hate them and since they are so sympathetic to these savages, I say draw up a bill and send their children over to the middle east! This is for you:

            It was while gliding through these latter waters that one serene and moonlight night, when all the waves rolled by like scrolls of silver; and, by their soft, suffusing seethings, made what seemed a silvery silence, not a solitude: on such a silent night a silvery jet was seen far in advance of the white bubbles at the bow. Lit up by the moon, it looked celestial; seemed some plumed and glittering god uprising from the sea. –Chapter 51 (The Spirit-Spout)

          5. john Wilson says

            This has had me wound up since long before 911. We are being fed a bunch of democrat crap and since they have had the power, they have forced it down our throats. Republicans, don’t smile, you stood by and allowed much of this to happen. Where was and is your back bone? Stand up to this threat now or there won’t be a place for you to govern. I expect changes in the new Congress. If they don’t come by 2016, many of you will be out on the street looking in to the halls of power. Term limits are needed to keep politicians honest and their retirement and health care system should be realigned to b e more like the people they serve, not a king or tyrant. God Bless America, we will be watching you!

  12. Josef says

    According to Ayn Rand, thinking about civic duty leads a totalitarian dictatorship. The current generation of Republicans is trying to transform America into a country based on her ideas. The survey data on which this article is commenting illustrate the extent of the Republicans’ success.

  13. marilyn says

    WE OVER COME THIS SURGE OF MUSLIM PROMOTION,WE ARE FREE PEOPLE AND WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY OTHER WAY,HITLER TRIED,GONE LIKE THE WIND,MAN IS MADE TO LIVE FREE AND WILL NEVER ACCEPT MUSLIM LIES THEY PLAY FOR POWER BY LIEING OR ANY WAY THEY CAN
    TIME WILL TELL THEY OFFER NOTHING BUT SLAVERY TO ALLAH WHO EVER THAT IS

    1. michaelcain says

      The truth be known about Allah ,is that he is an after math of a judgemental cause for being scouraged at the temple of Babalon. his writings are of a much deranged attempting to be named as a leader of people that follow him to hell and back. and will do anything to acquire that end

    2. Jarhead says

      OR what ever it is?

  14. Iwasyoungonce says

    Once you finish with the GameChanger Salon, start researching what it truly means to be on a Jury. The amount of power a jury actually has is incredible. More than the Judge ! You want to bring back this country? Look for ways to get ON a Jury, not run from them. Also, look into what the gold fringe around the American flag, that stands behind the Judge, actually means. That’ll scare the hell out of you as well.

  15. Pamela Craghill says

    Course people are not interested when there are so many immigrants who care little for the country and only want what they can get out of it and not what they can give to it. They come to take, not give.

    1. Mark Clemens says

      I think all immigrants should work here for 8 years steady before they can draw welfare. Also I think corporate welfare should be eliminated. If a company can’t afford to work and pay people a 40hr living wage. We shouldn’t have to subsidize a company’s short comings. In a Free Market, you either make it, or shut the doors!!!!!!
      No More TARPs

      1. Pamela Craghill says

        Completely agree Mark.

  16. RevPhil_TOCM says

    What ever happened to Civics being taught in school? Where did training in Civic responsibility and Civic Duty ever go? This country has fallen apart while we stood by and watched! I grew up believing in some of the teachings on civics of Robert Heinlein. I spent 36 years in the military defending those beliefs, and I’ve slowly watched them eroding and being cast away by others that call themselves Americans, but many can’t even even be bothered to learn English (our official Language) and they really believe more in communist and socialist values. This is no longer the America that I remember nor the one that I grew up in. May God have mercy on us as a nation!

  17. ONLYJB1 says

    The society of Entitlement! Plain and simple! We want, We need, the government will give and this We expect! What is the number today, 53 or 56 percent of Americans are receiving at least one form of government assistance. And no, I don’t mean social security and medicare! At least to those that have paid into this ponzi scheme ever since they began their working careers!
    What will happen when the federal government has to finally own up and tell people, “WE’RE BROKE”!
    There will be no further payments! May God help us!

  18. Ross R Blankert says

    Enforce the laws, get Islam out of the USA. Deport all you can. Hang the rest. If you are in a country illegally, arrest them.

  19. Alleged Comment says

    This was a psychological conditioning well know even thousands of years ago.

    And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. (Matt 24:12)

  20. Proud US vet/American says

    These results only go to emphasize the falling respect many American’s have for this country. The cries for entitlements and government assistance are examples of disrespect and laziness engulfing this country because of the creeping in of government intervention, laws, regulations and ignorance of the Constitution. The feeling of “The government owes me” in this country is a direct result of the current state of racial tensions in this country, the current mistrust of voters for the elected officials, and the current lack of respect from the world for America.
    The ONLY way to defeat this and turn it around is to get America back on the course that Reagan had this country headed down. Respect for GOD, country and family are the cornerstones that created this country and they MUST be returned to, or America is doomed to become a country ran by a COMMUNISTIC government.

    GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

  21. Shauna says

    Time to take it local….Put as much pressure as you can on the state you live in……It’s going to take radical to fix this….give it to them…..I was prepared to go to jail last year and I will this year if it’s what it takes…How far are you willing to go? The left has no boundaries……FIGHT BACK!

  22. wmagg says

    Why should the people support a system that no longer acts in their best interests. From corrupt courts that pick and choose the laws they will or will NOT enforce to politicians who openly lie and mislead the people, from a government that refuses to act in the best interest of THIS nation and it’s people to a AG that openly violates the laws of this nation and openly violates the rights of the citizens. Just exactly what part of civic duty should WE THE PEOPLE support and why ??

  23. 4bills4 says

    Pretty soon the Government will tell you were you will work and who you will marry and what to eat, eat that’s happening already. But keep on letting our children learn what the government wants them to know
    and America will be a forgotten word…

    1. Jarhead says

      AND what doctor to see and when! Maybe NEVER?

  24. LaRae Bailey says

    the old immediate self gratification issue, these kids have had everything handed to them and taught by liberal professors and parents who did not teach much of anything….I drive by any high school and cringe when the kids drive nicer, newer cars than working parents can afford to drive….sad state of affairs we have drummed up for ourselves now

  25. Michael Skok says

    It’s the browning of America. More and more black people, Hispanic people, and Muslim people are giving birth to more and more black children, and more and more Hispanic children, and more and more Muslim children while the fewer whites that are left are giving birth to fewer and fewer white children. And so that’s our future–however they may be.

  26. 4b4mac says

    No obligation to be informed. Know this: Big finance, corporatists and their govt whores know this about us! The relationship between our stupidity and their success is direct AND the prime reason why they are winning while we lose our collective asses.

  27. Paul Brown says

    When you take God out of your lives, that is what you are left with today. The mus-slimes and Osama the other mus-slime terrorist dictator doesn’t want you to have God in your life. This entire country has fallen to their way of thinking ever since this moronic pig was shoved into that office illegally 7 years ago. Today everybody wants you to give them a handout, they have no compassion for anyone anymore. No one wants to do anything for anyone its always what you can give me, that is from this mus-slime pig giving everything away and no body has to work for anything today, he doesn’t want anyone having a full time job anymore, work part time and if your the right color or nationality we’ll give you more money to spend. It has become a give me society and no body wants to volunteer to help anyone.

  28. Patriot47 says

    People used to be taught important things – duty (including civic), honor, the Constitution. They now are taught anal sex and masturbation. The shining city on the hill has been finger-painted with the feces of progressive garbage.

  29. Jarhead says

    Civility went along with NATURAL family’s (i.e., one man & one woman – both with common sense and the belief that THE TEN COMMANDMENTS were not suggestions.)

  30. jim says

    Believing you are isolated is a trait being pushed on the young generation, this idea is furthered by parents telling them how special they are as individuals, and coddling them. Some of this comes from my generation, you know the ones who say , as long as I can collect my social security, I don’t care how its funded they owe me, I really don’t care .– I believe we are all connected by some force greater than one’s self, every living thing is connected and fills an important role in the circle we call life . Ever say its a small world — each day I’m reminded of this when I look at the past and how one thing effects another. Civic duty comes from the feeling your doing your part in it, not for wealth it would provide. We still have plenty of good people laying it on the line every day, in the military, the local police and fire dept. where the chance of death out weights the economical gains. We all just need to remember the Government currently in power likes to have people at each others throat’s and they push that agenda– that’s how they stay in power. We could solve about 99% of the problems in this country if we could unite and start a real dialog about where we are and where we are going. God will help us in time — maybe not in the way you might have hope, but the scales will balance once again and everyone will figure out that we need each other

  31. Bob Barton says

    Only one way to stop this crap it’s called revolution and vigilantes.

  32. wlllbjr5 says

    It will be a very, very, very, very, very sad day and the death of our society if “WE THE PEOPLE” give up on “jury duty!” I say do not “plea bargain” in court! Go for Jury Trial! People take jury duty seriously and stand up for your fellow peers whom are wrongly prosecuted by the Federal Government, even with charges that are unfairly issued, as the federal government wants you not to! They want you to just cower and/or rollover for them and to shrug off the responsibility because of sheer overpowering by the Federal Government! STAND UP FOR YOUR FELLOW PEERS!

  33. rchguns says

    Totally understandable. Why should anyone put their life on the line when all is going to happen is there going to get sued or arrested!?

    Mister Zimmerman has effectually lost all of his freedoms and his future freedom to do anything because he was doing his civic duty. He was participating in a neighborhood watch of a neighborhood that have been vandalized and homes broken into and robbed. He was attacked by young thug ,Trayvon Martin, who was attempting to kill him by beating his head into a cemented sidewalk. Mister Zimmerman defended himself and for all essential purposes his life was over.

    We see this every time a good citizen comes to the aid of someone else and what do they get for their effort nothing but grief. We have a culture of lawyer’s that are nothing more than bloodsucking leeches who would sue their own grandmother for her own rocking chair if they thought they could get away with it. And when you combine this culture with the cultural literacy especially in the black community you’re not going to have anyone willing to be a good Samaritan I do their civil they. Anymore people do not even want to serve on juries because lawyers will find some way of making their lives miserable.

    Civic duty is dying of very very hard death because of the cultures in America that reward stupidity and violence. A woman drives up to a McDonald’s and buys a cup of coffee. Obviously this one is been drinking coffee for some time and then she sues them because the coffee was hot and some stinking lawyer Windsor case for her. If that’s not rewarding stupidity what is? Do you use a sunshade in your vehicle, the shade that you put in your front windshield to protect your dashboard from this direct sunlight, if you look on these things there is a warning label that tells the user do not operate motor vehicles with sunshade in place! Why to protect the company from lawyers and stupid people.

  34. disqus_w3y1XHrDGP says

    United Nations one world global warming lie to impoverish and genocide the world into a muslime decadent 3rd world dumbed down culture of intolerance and murder to force God to come back to earth to save these sick people. Thou shalt not kill and thou shalt not lie is broken by these brainwashed morons daily. God expects us to do good to one another not evil.

  35. b glad says

    There is no question that we have become a nation of “what about me,it’s all about me, me-my-mine. Another thing the poll pointed out was while these me-ites continue to vote, they are not informed voters and not actively involved in the things they are voting for other than what they can get for themselves.

  36. robyn goldstein says

    look at those photos of women on your “Fix This Nation”. It seems to be all about YOU YOU YOU. My parents were “nuts” about their authority rights when it came to harming a child. Spare me your claims to wish to fix this nation . Fix your attitude towards women first and then maybe I will listen to ya.

  37. adrianvance says

    Hey, if you are trying to stay alive and pay your bills you don’t time or money for charity.

    Google “Two Minute Conservative” for facts, ideas and more.

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