John Wallace, the vice president of the New York Oath Keepers, sparred with Alan Colmes Thursday over an individual’s right to disobey laws that they think are unconstitutional. Wallace, who recently made headlines calling for police officers to “disobey orders and join the struggle against socialist tyranny,” told Colmes that “my rights come from God.”
“See, the people are supposed to be the boss,” Wallace said. “We’re telling people not to comply with an unconstitutional law.”
Colmes repeatedly challenged Wallace to explain how the US Constitution grants individuals the right to interpret the law, at one point saying that “no right is absolute, and there’s nothing in the Constitution that says that there can’t be regulation. Just (Thursday), the Supreme Court made a decision on regulation of free speech. No right is absolute, and on what basis do you get to determine whether a law is enforceable or not?”
Wallace maintained that the Massachusetts ruling expanded the right to free speech, and then quickly change the subject to the only amendment they care about, and the only one not currently undergoing functional obsolescence thanks to oligarchs, the Second Amendment.
Wallace said his group was worried about New York’s Safe Act, which shores up gun laws and attempts to patch the loopholes. Wallace said that the four pending challenges to the law would take too long, and like a toddler who has to have everything now, he wasn’t waiting.
“I don’t think it’s in the purview of the state of New York to decide – I have a Second Amendment constitutional right – the government is supposed to protect those rights, by the way.”
Wallace then added the spectacularly stupid statement,
“My rights come from God. It comes from the fact that you exist.”
Your rights, my rights, everyone’s rights, come from a document written by humans, attached to another document with all the typographical errors humans make. These documents, which have no significant supernatural value, are awarded importance only because we as Americans have internalized the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as part of our national and cultural identity.
The only reason you have the rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights is because society enforces them through the government, just like every other right, material or immaterial. That the government protects those rights is the only reason you have them; God plays no role at all.
h/t Raw Story