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Old Timer's Ramblings

By Ken Poland
Opinion | April 30, 2016

It's been awhile since I contributed to KFP or Citizens United. I'm submitting this to both venues.

Yep, I'm still a registered Democrat and identify with Christianity as my religious affiliation. I am actively interested and involved in both of those areas. Thus, I'm zealous. That doesn't mean I'm a zealot. I try not to be belligerent, warlike or intolerant. I enjoy lively debate on the pros and cons of issues. I tune in on all the debates and town hall meetings, I have time for. I have studied many religions and try to understand their origin and basis. I research denominational variants of Christianity, and, believe me, there are many. I devote personal and group time to study the accepted Christian Bible and how it relates to our present times and issues.

We, in the United States. live in a diverse society that includes numerous religious groups and variants of all those groups. We have political and economic opinions that cover the spectrum from every conceivable extreme.

The colonists that migrated to our shores represented all those extremes. Some wanted simply to have freedom from any authority or religion, period. Some wanted freedom to declare their own authority and extend that authority on others. And, whether we like it or not, we're still a nation of immigrants from around the world and even immigration between states and communities.

Our 'founding fathers" went through a long and tortuous period of years trying to free themselves from political, economic, and religious bondage. The British Empire had established economic dominance over most of the colonies on our eastern shore. However, they were unsuccessful in establishing religious dominance.

Finally, after nearly two hundred years the colonists were able to organize themselves and, with help from some of Great Britain's enemies, won their independence. Now what do we do? How do we govern ourselves? They were wise enough to realize that no single group or colony could defend and sustain themselves on their own.

They formed a Federation. But, it was readily apparent that it was to loosely formed and lacked authority to enforce its own laws and regulations. After just a few years something had to change. They decided to call a Constitutional Convention with the idea of making amendments to their original agreement. It soon became apparent to the representatives from the individual states or colonies that the document was simply not adequate and they proceeded to write a completely new document.

Wow! What an undertaking. They argued about individual rights, states rights, federal authority, religion, what to eat, what to drink, whether to pray or not to pray, how to pay for government, who could vote, and how to establish who would run the day to day activities of governing, and who knows what else they argued about and didn't record. After long days, weeks, and months, some had gotten mad and walked out, new ones came in, but, they finally agreed on an unfinished document. They wrote up a list of amendments that would have to be ratified by a majority of the states. Only ten of those amendments were ratified and we had a new government structure.

And now, after all these years we are still arguing about the same issues. Many more amendments have been ratified and some rescinded. For the most part, individual rights and freedoms have withstood assault. Religious freedom has prevailed. Religion, by and large, has not been dictated by government and government has not been controlled by any religious entity. (separation of state and church and let's keep it that way)

There has always been contentious competition between the three branches of government. There has always been contention over individual. state, and federal rights and authority. There has always been debate over whether we are a religious or secular nation.

Praise God (remember, I'm a Christian, you can praise whomever you want) we are still a United States of America. Everybody isn't happy with their station in life or their position and power in politics. Everyone isn't satisfied with their economic status or condition. Full equality and equity is not evident for all. Justice is still flawed at times. Prejudice still exists. As long as the world continues to exist and humans control the mechanics of society, we will never reach perfection.

I ain't perfect and neither are you. And for certain and for sure none of our politicians are perfect or have all the right answers. Watch, listen and research. You decide who you think is better, worse or worser and vote accordingly. You may have to vote for who you think is the lessor of the evils. Don't forget, the President can't do it all! We have national legislators, state governors, state legislators, etc.


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