The best and worst of democracy
In just one day last week, in a matter of a few hours, this country and the world saw the best of democracy and, unfortunately, the worst of democracy.
The best was the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the health care law. Chief Justice John Roberts broke from his party and made the deciding vote to uphold it. I hope he set a precedent for all politicians by doing what was right and just.
But just a few hours later, for the first time in this great country’s history, a sitting attorney general was held in contempt of Congress. One reason for this injustice seemed to be to embarrass the president, as the GOP has been trying to do for four years in an effort to make him a one-term president.
Another reason shows what money can do, as the National Rifle Association spearheaded this injustice on the pretense that President Obama was trying to find a good reason for taking our guns from us. The NRA made certain this would succeed by threatening to score the vote to see who would be against it, and 17 Democrats caved. This was truly an act of cowardice, and these lawmakers need to be replaced.
Regarding “Roberts did correct thing; now will nation? (June 30 Opinion): What alternate reality does Davis Merritt live in? The whole premise that the health care law is good for the country rests on the assumption that it will not increase the national debt to the point that the U.S. becomes Greece.
Merritt used the Congressional Budget Office’s contention that the law, properly funded and administered, will not increase the deficit. But name one government entitlement program that has ever been “properly funded and administered.” Every entitlement program is underfunded and rife with fraud, incompetence and waste.
Our existing entitlement programs already are underfunded or unfunded and soon will put our country at risk of not being able to pay for the benefits or meet the huge interest expense for the loans that this country has borrowed to try to keep the programs going. Yet Merritt said that adding another giant entitlement program is good for the country.
The only country I can think of that will benefit from the federal health care law is China, which will not bail us out when we are bankrupt. Nor will any other country.
Cloud of distrust
Allegations about abusing inmates and withholding medical care in the Butler County and Sedgwick County jails cast a cloud of distrust over all law enforcement. People I have known in law enforcement were there because they wanted to get the bad guys, help those sick with addictions or mental problems, and protect the citizens. Some have paid with their lives for their unselfish service.
Law enforcement is an honorable profession. It’s sad when a few people without honor bring disgrace on our local sheriff departments.
Good, not saved
I’ve noticed and bemoaned the fact that atheists are erecting billboards to promote their religion. The signs ask: “Can you be good without God? Millions are.” I do not understand why they care.
However, the more I thought about it, the clearer it became that they were right. One can be good without God because, whether you believe it or not, you were created in the image of God, who is absolute good. The question therefore is: Can you be saved without God? The answer, whether you believe it or not, is: “No, not one.”
We were on our way home last week, going northbound on I-235 just south of Kellogg, when a semitrailer crossed into our lane and hit us, causing us to careen into the grassy median. We finally stopped, facing the opposite direction.
We were sitting there in a daze when people seemed to materialize from all over the place. They took care of us, making sure we didn’t move until the Emergency Medical Service arrived. It seemed there were cars parked all over, on both sides of I-235, with people running over to see what they could do to help and talking to the Kansas Highway Patrol. We were fortunate to escape with no serious injuries, although we both have been pretty stiff and sore.
We would like to say “thank you” to all those who stopped to help. Your response to our accident was truly amazing and inspiring. We wish we knew your names so we could thank you personally. Words cannot express how truly grateful we are to all of you. The people of Kansas should be proud of you all.
MIKE and KELLY OWENS