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The Disappearing Civil Liberties Mug

Disappearing Civil Liberties Mug
Disappearing Civil Liberties Mug
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild

The writer received a "The Disappearing Civil Liberties Mug" as a Christmas gift from friends. A more accurate name would be the "Disappearing Constitutional Rights Mug" as it displays the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution.

The advertisement copy for this product reads:

“Need a daily reminder of how screwed up things are? … The mug depicts the Bill of Rights, one of the most revered and essential documents of our nation. Congress has been picking away at these essential rights for a decade, and now you can actually see them disappear every time you pour in hot liquid. Oh, they don't all vanish -- your right to assemble and protest takes a hit, but your right to bear arms stays just where it was.”

Obviously, my first act was to pour hot coffee into the mug. As advertised, the rights protected by the Bill of Rights; all except the 2nd and 10th Amendments, just faded away as I sat there watching.

Indeed, the interplay of this product and the writer is analogous to the behavior of most gun owners. We just sit and watch what should be our most cherished possessions – our constitutional rights just fade away. Gun owners pretend to do all the right things; we go to gun clubs, visit gun stores and shows, pretend to listen, vote as we are told or as we believe our friends expect us to vote. But if truth be told, we are an indolent group.

When was the last time you called or wrote to your congressmen, your state senator or representative? Do you even know their names? Have you reviewed your legislator’s voting record on gun issues?

When was the last time you participated in a pro-gun rally? Have you ever attended the 2nd Amendment Rally in Harrisburg that has occurred every spring for the past 8 to 10 years? In many case you can go for free!

Have you joined and participated in a pro-gun organization. They'd love to have just 10 hours of your time a year!


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