Friday, September 23, 2005


During this time of devastation and tragedy in the Gulf Coast, due to Katrina, and now Rita, we are all being asked to contribute to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, and others. That is admirable, that we will do so. However, this giving results in a neglect of responsibility. The responsibility is that of the government [taxpayers] under the social contract. The more that is given by private parties, the less the government has to pay out. The government is not taking full responsibility.

Which government? Historicallly, it should be the taxpayers of the settlement, the place where each in need, was born. Where when you have to go there, they have to take you in. Now, in the 21st century, it should be the taxpayers of the federal government, due to modern means of travel and free access to each community of the nation.

Professor William Bennett apparently does not object to payments of federal taxpayer funds for these purposes; but he says all federal taxpayer assistance should be "funneled" through charities. If you need a meal, go to a faith based institution and beg. If you need a cancer operation for your baby, put a fruit jar out near the cash register of the neighborhood filling station.

As a part of the social contract (my new-born grandson is subject to the draft as cannon fodder for another Vietnam or Irag), the children, at least, ought to be able to rely on the federal government for an entitlement, yes, entitlement: two square meals, a doctor when sick, preventative medicine and dental care, a roof over the head, and first class education.

The Joy Junction mayordomo says he will not open his books, and that he is exempt from any government regulation imposing such a requirement. That is gall, for sure. I heard him say this on KKOB morning show when Larry Ahrens was still there. What does he do that the federal government should not take over, if worthy? Same with the American Red Cross; why should there be an "American Red Cross?" They do some good, but it is the responsibility of the federal taxpayers.

Is there a qualified needy person out there? Like a homeless, penniless quadriplegic? Yes. Who, if anyone, owes that person a life with dignity and the necessaries? Every taxpayer of the federal government of the United States; or else the social contract set forth in and by the Constition is a dead letter due to the greed of modern citizens.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005


The schools ask the children to stand up and pledge allegiance. Sort of a daily loyalty oath. We are not talking about naturalization, and that oath requirement. Children citizens are asked to stand and pledge.

The Supreme Court as early as 1943 ruled that it was unconstitutional, a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments, to require a civic pledge of those public school children whose religion forbad all pledges. Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943).

Thereafter, until 1952, the school authorities would ask the class to stand and pledge, and some would be allowed to remain sitting.

Then in 1952, Congress added the words, “under God,” to the pledge, somewhat modifying the word, "indivisible". Now the question became, is it enough that the child may decline to take the pledge, does that right to dissent by remaining sitting, or silent, avoid the idea that the government [compulsory school] is establishing a religion.

I was old enough to take the pledge when I was seven. I knew, from the knee of my Southern Baptist mother, that I was required to decide on a very big question. Did I want to say that I accept Jesus as a savior, and my savior, and that I believed that if I did so and walked down the aisle of the church in public ceremony and accepted baptism by immersion [none else would do] then I would have eternal life? Or did I want to fail to believe, accept, and be baptized, and risk that if I died before being saved, I would be sent to Hell, to eternal fire and damnation? The way the Baptist preachers described Hell in those days was graphic. I chose the right way.

I did as my mother wanted, and her desires, regardless of whether they were logical, or efficacious for me, were the desires of my mother and my compliance made her feel good and gave her comfort. So I am glad I was converted as a Baptist. Under that religion, no matter whether I sinned, or erred, afterward, I was converted, saved, and would land in heaven, and that has to be a great comfort to a mother.

How about simply returning to the old pledge, the one used during the Great Depression and during World War II. "One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." We do not have to say that we are rejecting religion, or taking the Lord out of the schools. We can say that we are returning to the basic civics values that the senior citizens were taught in grade school.