Let me invite you to think about that word, ârepresentatives,â for a moment. What isÂ a ârepresentativeâ? According to the dictionary, a representative isÂ someone sent in place of. Said another way, âWhen I canât be somewhere in person, I send someone to represent me, someone to act on my behalf to carry outÂ myÂ wishes, not theirs.â
We are experiencing â because we have allowed it â frightening changes within our society and the societal mores on which the American republic rests. More and more, the traditional foundations are being destroyed. People without moorings (a stable traditional family, a sense of personal self-worth and concrete moral values) are being swept away by a new wave.
Let me ask you something: Would you turn your computer, your car, your air conditioner or your heart surgery over to someone with absolutely no experience? Yet we have placed America under the control of an administration whereÂ only 8 percent of the people trying to direct the greatest economy in the history of the world have anyÂ actual hands-on experience in business.Â Can someone say âcommunity organizerâ?
There are some major controversies â ranging from homosexual rights to gun control to Bible reading in public schools or prayers in/on military bases â brewing all across America today. The arguments, full of zeal on both sides, rage. One side, filled with passionÂ based on belief in principle, the otherÂ based on procedures designed to prohibit.
In 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law passed by a state legislature that allowed privately funded posters of the Ten Commandments to be hung in classrooms to âacquaint students with the moral pillars of the legal code of their cultureâ (not promote religion).
The young man, 22 years old, was having his first conversation with his mother after having just returned from a trip to a South American country where he spent just more than two weeks. He showed his mother some pictures taken with his iPhone; they were of âhomesâ that he could see from the window of the home of the professional baseball player where he was staying. They looked worse than some chicken coops on farms in America.
So why would the mayor of a city do such an eyebrow-raising thing? He toldÂ KDFW-TV 4 in Dallas, â[T]he morality that helped build our country is based on the values that are found in the Bible. And as we look at the problems, maybe weâre getting away from those values.â
I know what it means if I get a new shirt, new socks, new suit, new car, new house or even a new friend, but what does it mean to get a newÂ year? I can wear the new clothes, drive the new car, move into the new house and hang with the new friend â or, I can exchange the clothes, paint the house, customize the car and dump the friend.
In 1974, a very perceptive lady named Taylor Caldwell wrote a frighteningly insightful commentary (âThe middle class must not fail or all will be lost,â appearing first in The Review of the News,Â a predecessor of The New American)Â on the why of the preceding. Letâs let her paint the portrait with her own brush:
MW loves America and is troubled by things he sees nationally and experiences locally. We usually talk by phone, but recent events so challenged him that he put his thoughts in an email. I thought what he had to say was challenging, whether or not one agrees with all his observations. The following is my friendâs rant: