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Saturday, June 21

Saturday Rant Corner

One of the things I like to do in the mornings is to read the local newspaper. National and world news is usually covered by the Internet when I go online; local and state events (particularly stuff that happened while I was asleep) are the province of the local paper.

One of the features I read is the reader's poll, which poses a question and lists some of the more printable responses.

The question du jour was "Do you think America is on the wrong track?" 441 people responded, with 85% saying Yes and 15% saying no.

Two of the responses, one a Yes and the other a No, leaped out at me.

The Yes response: "Yes, the people do know it was when our sin-sick government changed the laws in this country that we were founded on to satisfy their sin-sick hearts. No one man can change it all back but our prayers can."

Uh, huh.

I'm guessing that this person has a problem with gay marriage, legalized abortion, with blacks counting as more than 3/5 of a human being for voting purposes (and women and Native Americans not counting at all), with Miranda rights and the application of due process to the states. We are a nation of laws, and people wrote our laws. Our law and government derive from the sovereignty of the people, not from God or from some ruler.

Laws must change to reflect changes in society and respond to real events. However, there is still a law on the books in the State of Florida that makes it a misdemeanor to live together outside of the marriage bond.

So this person has some problem seeing basic civics.

Just like the person who penned this No response: "No, but the Bible says that God appoints our leaders and if we go against our leaders, we're going against God."

I nearly spit out my tea when I read this. Apparently this person not only has no grasp of basic civics, but also still believes in the Divine Right of Kings. May be a predestinarian as well, who believes that no matter what we do, it's all been mapped out before the creation of the universe and nothing we can do can change it. No free will, you see.

This person probably voted for Bush, too.

If we don't like our leaders, we get rid of them by means of the ballot (other countries use the bullet method). That's why we have elections.

So, what's got you ranting today?

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