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Over the summer of 2010 I began to ask myself, "what do you do if two of our Rights, as citizens of these United States, are diametrically opposed?" I came to the only viable conclusion: you compromise. Our great Nation works when there is compromise.

Right now most of you will agree with me that our political system is broken. What we currently have is: the politics of destruction; special interest groups who have the power and money to dictate policy; politicians who must spend their time raising money for the next election instead of doing the People's business; and, there are those who are so concerned about getting re-elected they cede their responsibilities to the citizenry to those groups making the loudest noises and the greatest threats.

The attacks that we were inundated with during the this election cycle belittled the democratic process. Shame on everyone involved. And, shame on the political obstructionists who are more interested in gaining and maintaining power than doing the people’s business. During these very difficult times all of us should be supporting our President. The challenge for all of us is, how do we improve upon this imperfect union that we call the United States of America? One thing I know for is not by dividing us.

I can remember when I was sixteen years old there was a day when my father called out to me, "Jackie, come quickly. You have to hear this. It's Winston Churchill. Come listen." I raced to the radio and for the first time heard a recording of Churchill's speech to a Nation standing alone against the greatest evil the world has ever known: "...we shall defend our island no matter what the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; and we shall not surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until in God's good time, the New World, with all it's power and might, steps forth to the rescue and liberation of The Old."

That day my hero was born. Where are our heroes today? jkt

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Paranoid Nation

While addressing the crowd at the NRA convention center, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said "Freedom has never needed our defense more than now...So I ask you this afternoon -- do you trust this government really to protect you and your family? We’re on our own. That’s a certainty." What we are seeing is a fraying of our society... a civilization crumbling. Whereas we came together with a shared dream of a country founded on laws, and assigned to our government the duty to protect both individuals and society as a whole, Mr. LaPierre and others preach paranoia and lawlessness.  When people think they have the right to supplant our Constitutionally-appointed protectors and arbitors of our laws with a gun on their hips and the right to shoot to kill (no questions asked) and to intimidate, then how long will it be before we sink into anarchy?

Our Shame

We are in the midst of the age old battle between barbarism and civilization. The question is, do we continue downward on this slippery slope? Death penalty. Torture. Gun violence. Perpetual war. Who is it that is winning right now? If those of us who long for a more civilized society do not step forward, speak up, become involved, then the barbarians win. What was it Sarah Palin recently said about torture? If she was in charge, waterboarding would be "how we baptize terrorists." And to think, John McCain chose her as his running mate and she could have been a heartbeat from the Presidency. And, I have to ask, where are the Christian leaders on the conservative Right in response to Palin's awful pronouncement? Silence. I have heard nothing from them condemning Palin. Shame on them. Shame on this country.