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DAVIDSON: Individual Freedoms Worth Cherishing Require Responsibility

We can’t all be free to do exactly what we want all the time, even if the law allows it.

Jeff Davidson

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When I was growing up, my mother gave me advice about proceeding in this life. She said, “Don’t engage in behavior that, if everyone else was to do it, would destroy the world.” I knew then what it meant on one level; today, the advice seems profound.

If you allow junk cars to populate your front lawn, and everyone else follows, how long will it be before your town, and everyone’s town in the entire world, becomes one big junkyard? If you smoke while you drive and then throw the butts onto the street, and all other drivers do the same, how long will it be before the streets are impassable or so littered that they disgust motorists?

My mother’s advice, applied today, tells us that while individual freedoms are worth cherishing and enjoying, they also require our responsibility. We can’t all be free to do exactly what we want all the time, even if the law allows it. We certainly can’t all engage in behavior that damages the environment or diminishes other people’s rights.

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Misguided groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union seemingly were founded on a noble purpose – to preserve the rights of the individual. What happens when granting rights to individual contributes to the erosion of society? It is a tough question for anyone to answer. The ACLU certainly has no answer.

In the name of First Amendment free speech and individual rights, the ACLU and leftists defend individuals and groups who care little about the First Amendment, the Constitution, or other citizens. Such groups keep pushing the envelope of crassness and vulgarity for publicity and profit.

What if everyone started to sport tattoos on their arms, backs, and shoulders, or wears nose rings, eyebrow rings, and nipple rings? Such behavior doesn’t clog our roadways, and such actions are a matter of individual choice, so what harm does it cause to society?

Does Safety Matter?

Aside from the health aspects of body piercings (and the data indicates a large percentage of participants experience serious infection and hepatitis) they pose safety problems to both the individual indulging in the behavior and to others around them.

As a society, do we accept visitors to hospital emergency rooms on Saturday nights whose body piercings have resulted in serious health conditions? Do body piercers have any idea about the longitudinal effects of such behavior on their health, not to mention longevity?

My mother’s simple admonition – what if everybody did it? – needs to be passed on to far more people so that those who might otherwise engage in questionable behavior become more aware of their impact on those around them and society overall.

Expanding the Notion

The legions of adult children who keep taxing our law enforcement system and appearing before judges don’t understand (and apparently don’t care) how they thwart the overall progress of society. They levy a continual tax on our public institutions and impede the rest of society from moving forward.

If you vegetate each evening watching television instead of being out in your community cleaning it up, and everyone does the same, how will your community change? If you spend hours each week focusing on the lives of people who you don’t know and are not likely to meet, i.e. celebrities, and end up relegating their lives to a higher status than that of family, relatives, neighbors, and friends, why would you expect your own life and relationships to be vibrant and rewarding?

Your Choices Impact Everyone

If you don’t manage your own weight, eat what you want, and avoid exercising, you’re gambling on genetics. Maybe you will live a long, disease-free life. What are the ramifications, however, if everyone in society decides to emulate you? What you do in your own life is largely your business. If most people in society copied you though, how would they fare? If the answer is “not well,” maybe assess what you do and why.

Our behavior impacts those around us, particularly children. If we want the world to be a better place, as Theodore Roosevelt said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

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Now Even the Muppets are Pushing Transgenderism on Kids

There is truly nowhere for parents to go for kids entertainment that is free of the radical transgender agenda, now it’s the Muppets pushing it.

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There is truly nowhere for parents to go for entertainment for their kids that is free of the radical transgender agenda and now even the Muppets are pushing this sexualized garbage on kids. The Disney Junior kids show Muppet Babies recently featured an episode with Muppet favorite Gonzo going transgender. In the episode, Gonzo’s friend, Summer, happily told Gonzo that she was going to dress like a “princess” for a royal ball. But when Gonzo became excited that he also could wear a dress, Summer said he was a boy so he couldn’t dress like a princess. After he said he wanted to wear a dress, Summer told Gonzo, “But Gonzo, Piggy and I are the princesses, we wear the dresses.” “That’s right! According to the royal handbook, the girls come as princesses, and the boys come as knights,” Piggy added. Gonzo was portrayed as being upset over the conversation. He wanted to dress like a princess, but was told he cannot do so. As Gonzo sulked, Rizzo the Fairy RatFather appeard to magically bestow a gown and mask on Gonzo so he can attend the ball as a female, too. So, Gonzo attends the ball as a mysterious woman named Gonzorella. And then comes the big reveal. https://youtu.be/Rw6h1NZkzQk https://youtu.be/BkyaenLCZ8k “Everyone, there’s something I need to tell you,” Gonzo said, placing a glass slipper on his foot. “The princess who came to your ball tonight was me. I’m Gonzorella!” When Gonzo was questioned about the dress, he answered, “You all expected me to look a certain way.” “I don’t want you to be upset with me. But I don’t want to do things because that’s the way they’ve always been done either. I want to be me,” he said. https://twitter.com/HistoryMuppet/status/1418996764397420544 Unsurprisingly, the Disney videos had comments turned off on its…

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American ‘Medical’ Association Argues to Remove Sex from All Birth Certificates

The American Medical Association is now openly saying that there is no such thing as “sex” and it should be removed from birth certificates.

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The American Medical Association, an organization supposedly dedicated to science and medicine, is now openly saying that there is no such thing as “sex” and so the designation should be removed from all birth certificates. The AMA once again proves that politics, not science or medicine, is what drives them. https://twitter.com/WebMD/status/1421312166108581888 “Designating sex on birth certificates as male or female, and making that information available on the public portion, perpetuates a view that sex designation is permanent and fails to recognize the medical spectrum of gender identity. This type of categorization system also risks stifling an individual’s self-expression and self-identification and contributes to marginalization and minoritization,” said AMA Board Chair-Elect Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, M.D. Not all doctors were on board with the move. Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Robert Jackson told WebMD Health News that he opposed the measure. “We as physicians need to report things accurately,” Jackson said. “All through medical school, residency, and specialty training we were supposed to delegate all of the physical findings of the patient we’re taking care of. I think when the child is born, they do have physical characteristics either male or female and I think that probably should be on the public record. That’s just my personal opinion.” In any case, it is clear that the AMA is not interested in facts or science. Eliminating gender on birth certificates would put the health of many people in danger when doctors can’t easily discover what biological gender their patients are. Follow Warner Todd Huston on Facebook at: facebook.com/Warner.Todd.Huston.

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