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Thomas Jefferson Quote

With all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and prosperous people? Still one thing, fellow citizensóa wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.

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Silly, silly disrimination and race laws
I find it very ironic that those who tell us that we should not discriminate and that the color of skin should not matter are the same people that discriminate based on color and race by supporting laws which discriminate. These laws are generally race-related laws that give advantages to one group based on perceived slights in the past. I see several ironies in these types of laws.

First, these laws are supposed to even the playing field, but in so doing, they make the playing field uneven once again.

Secondly, these laws group people together based on color and ethnicity, which in America, a melting pot, means very little. By this I mean that you can have a black man from the South and a black man born in Nigeria, both American citizens, and they both might have very little in common, yet you treat them the same because of the color of their skin. What a silly idea to assume that all black people are the same based on their color. Race or color is the easiest way to classify people, but perhaps the least fair way to classify people.

Third, these laws punish people for the perceived sins of their fathers. Justice is punishing those who committed the crimes, not their progeny. So laws are not just. They are unjust. Sins of the past cannot be righted, because those who committed are dead. Punishing their progeny is discriminatory and unjust and therefore must be opposed. Some things have to be let go, because there is no justice in this life.

Fourth, these laws ultimately create more racial tension between those who are discriminated or treated differently under the law for no reason, other than their color. They didnít commit the crimes or sins, so why do they have to pay for them. Therefore, these laws will create more tension and resentment and justly so.

Fifth, these laws divide America. If laws are allowed to treat people differently, then this country will never be united because one group of people will be resentful of the other all the time. Each group of people will be competing against each other for government favors. Laws cannot be based on race for this reason. Racial laws only create more racial tension. Racial laws are unjust, immoral, and wrong. They are also unconstitutional, no matter how you parse it.

Isnít it ironic that those people who cry that they are being discriminated against are the same people who push for laws that discriminate in the name of justice? Laws based on race are unjust, silly, and counterproductive. They reward people who have not earned the rewards and they punish those who do not deserve the punishment.
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