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Sunday, April 03, 2005

A Man for All Seasons


Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II - 1920-2005
Who stood fast to his convictions and beliefs in the face of all opposition. Each of us should learn from the example of his life.



Friday, April 01, 2005

Blind Eyes


I've been a teacher for all of my adult life--in fact, I started teaching music while still in high school. Like so many other teachers I've watched in horror as the Blob of "modern educators" oozed its way across academia, absorbing, consuming, and destroying everything in its path until it has become impossible to break the mind altering lies now firmly implanted in the psyche of two full generations of Americans.

The Terri Shiavo case highlighted one of the most insidious--that the judiciary is the final stop of our "rule of law." Anyone with half a brain--or a decent education--should realize that is a flawed concept. Our sacred courts have, in the past, ruled both Dred Scott and Plessy to be legitimate.

Hitler's judiciary claimed final judgment on Germany's laws. Stalin's judiciary claimed final judgment in the USSR. China, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia all have judiciaries claiming to be legitimate under the "rule of law" but I doubt very much any American would want to submit themselves to those courts.

Our Legislative Branch has the authority to control rogue courts under Article III of the Constitution. The only job of the courts is to rule on the constitutionality of legislation. It is not their job of create new laws. 

The secondary fallout from the Shiavo case is the attempted demonization of Christians and the legitimization of executioners who kill under the guise of "death with dignity." Under the mythical separation of church and state, they claim the church has no place in arguments about the power over life and death.

Frankly I do not believe there is any turning back. Eight years of the Clinton Administration--formative years for those in their twenties and early thirties--have allowed the cancerous fibroids of lies to spread far and deep. We in the blogosphere chatter among ourselves with the delusion we are making a difference. In truth we are no more than a swarm of gnats with inflated egos.

Some of us will continue to debate and vent which, I suppose, is a healthy outlet for our frustrations. But if any of us think we're actually educating or enlightening we have to think again. Our national Eye  has been altered and, as William Blake said, "… the Eye altering alters all… "

"This life's dim windows of the soul
Distorts the heavens from pole to pole
And leads you to believe a lie
When you see with, not through, the eye."
~ William Blake, The Everlasting Gospel