Democracy, Abilities, Rights, Duties, And Why Corona’s Claim to his rights being violated is bogus

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Democracy is a funny form of government. Its funny because people who live under it go through their lives barely understanding their roles in it. I suppose, to a degree that’s fair. I mean in theory, the more effective the government the more invisible the government is in daily life and therefore the better the government is. But the funniest part about a democracy is that people think that democracy is about freedom. More specifically they seem to think that democracy is freedom on an absolutely continuing everyday basis.

Wrong! Ok if not wrong, not really right.

To show how funny this concept is, I think three words have to be discussed; Abilities, Rights, and Duties.

Imagine a world without government. Its not hard really. Darwin draws quite a pretty picture in describing a government less environment when he talks about survival of the species. In a nutshell, the survival and dominance of one being over another resides in either the innate characteristics of the organism to either respond, or given a longer time frame, to adapt to the situation it’s in. This is nicely drawn out in the framework of the food chain. On land, given our opposable thumbs in unique brain development, we are at the top of the food chain. On the other hand, in the ocean, the dumb ( ok dumber) shark finds our opposable thumbs and magnificent brain quite a yummy feast. So bottom line, without government its about what you can do to your fellow man and can get away with without significant harm to yourself that would determine your place in society. Its about ability.

I feel this sometimes. Especially when I walk down the street, late for a meeting, and a bunch of lollygagging pedestrians are blocking the sidewalk (sidewalk if any) chatting and texting, oblivious to the outside world and the rush its all in. I have to restrain the urge to barrel through them and perhaps knock one or two down in the process. I know Im bigger than they are and I could probably get away with it just because Im bigger. But I really cant get away with it because our form of government imbue people with our second word, rights.

So Id say, what we call as rights are not truly inherent to us as individuals. Abilities are inherent. Rights are not. Rights are granted.

Without going through the origins of social grouping as a survival skill, what weve really done to deserve protection against potential sidewalk bullies (like myself), is that weve surrendered all of our natural abilities ( based on us as the simple amalgamation of physical and mental characteristics) to a bureaucracy just so that the bureaucracy can now give us back a well defined set of social protections, rights, which are often contextualized and codified as laws. So believing that a right is equivalent to what we can do is really incorrect. A right is not what we can do but what our chosen social structure allows us to do. Now on the one hand it sounds unfair as this limits those gifted with more advantageous physical and mental attributes from taking advantage of those with less of the same, which kind of sucks if youre 5’11”, 200lbs and with an IQ of over 200. On the other hand, it equals out the situation by preventing 200 people under 5’4”, with IQs of less that 75, killing you for food. This not only decreases the likelihood of a violence based society but it also gives a better chance of adequate gene distribution and greater survivability (even someone with obvious genetics advantages still has the possibility of a recessive gene) to the species as a whole.

Ok fair enough.

But heres the thing. In order to manage this system, it must be agreed that some people within the system must be given special powers and abilities. In many cases society goes through a process that allows the general citizenry to choose those that they give more power too. Part of this power is also the ability to imbue others with equal or lesser powers. Now ( assuming you’ve read this far) the imbuing of extraordinary powers to an individual flies against the initial principle of homogenizing the abilities of humans with state given rights.

Well to manage that, there is a tradeoff.For every extra-ordinary power an individual is given, there is usually a reduction of rights.

Elected or appointed officials in any government, logically, must willingly give up certain rights ( some of those given by the state to ordinary anonymous citizens) for the privilege of accepting the duty to serve it. On top of that, the reduction of rights is then usually replaced by an addition of DUTIES which clearly define the roles that these over powered individuals must play in keeping the citizenry safely and peacefully homogenized. And most importantly the penalty for failing his duties, despite being given these extra ordinary powers, are harsher in penalty then if the same duties were expected of an ordinary citizen.

So what of Corona?

Every position in a government structure is designed to apply the rules and regulation of the system as equally and fairly to everyone. Any member of the bureaucracy is, by virtue of their position within the governing bodies of society, are by default assumed to be given additional powers OVER the citizenry, Because of this assumed additional powers, everyone from the lowliest clerk to the highest official in the land, each bureaucratic employee must have a progressively diminished amount of protection under the list of rights normally provided by the constitution. The higher the government position the less the protection.

CJ Corona, as actual and not titular, head of the highest court in the land, and fourth in line to succeed the president of the country should there be gaps in power for whatever cause. As such, CJ Corona, along with the few more powerful than he, should, in my opinion, have among the LEAST protections or rights, especially any rights to secrecy of property or monies.

By calling on the same protections as provided to ordinary citizens, CJ Corona is attempting to hide behind the required anonymity that a citizen enjoys in dealing with the bureaucracy while enjoying the powers that were given to him to wield. This on its own should be cause for removal from his position but short of that marks as suspicions any transactions or activities he may have had during his tenure as Chief Justice.