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With Jennifer in Israel, I clearly have more time to write, as this is my third entry in the last hour.
Many of you have been keeping one eye on the news from Israel. The Palestinians are yet again committing violence and mayhem in the hopes of getting a state from which to commit large-scale violence and mayhem.
Throughout this recent violence and mayhem, press secretaries everywhere have been quick to assert that Israel has the right to self-defense.
This is not correct. Rights can be surrendered. I have the right to free speech. I may give up that right at any time. I have the right to free assembly. I have the choice to give up that right.
The title of this blog entry is from the preamble to the US Constitution. In stating that one of the goals is to provide for the common defence (that is the spelling in the Constitution), the Constitution has removed the right of common defence. The government has the responsibility of common defence. It cannot just put that obligation aside. It cannot choose whether or not to exercise that obligation.
It is all sunshine and flowers to hear these press secretaries defend the right to self-defence. I want to hear just one of them state the obligation. Only then will it be clear that they truly understand a government's obligation to its citizenry.
Have a good night.