Some time ago, I pulled out a collection of my ‘classic country’ CDs and was listening to some Tom T. Hall tunes. Tom is one of my all-time favorite singers and songwriters and one of the songs is an absolute gem entitled “The Monkey That Became President.”
Recorded in the 1970’s, it was a spoof as to what would happen if a real honest-to-gosh monkey somehow became the elected leader of the United States.
As I listened to the old Storyteller weave his satirical lyrics into one of the most brilliant commentaries on how politically-correct the country was becoming even then, I couldn’t help but reflect on how far off in looney-tune insanity our nation has now drifted.
Made me wonder all over again whether the U.S. Supreme Court and those Constitutionally illiterate “lower court” federal judges are within the boundaries of the law in their ongoing efforts to ban references to religion and traditional family values, and whether any Democrat or RINO (Republican in Name Only) in the U.S. Congress today really gives a rat’s toenail about the REAL PROBLEMS facing our troubled nation.
But after much thought, I came to the conclusion that – being a law abiding citizen – I believe that if the government is acting within the scope of the Constitution to remove or ban any observance that could be misconstrued as “violation of separation of church and state”, so be it.
Yep. So be it.
And we, as law abiding Christian citizens, should obey these edicts because the law of the land applies to all. Right?
HOWEVER ... just to be sure the law applies to EVERYONE and is not aimed only at Christians or others of faith, these same activist federal judges who supposedly have the best interest of the people at heart should act swiftly and decisively to purge references to religion from a number of other areas of public life.
For example, a federal court has said it is unlawful for children to say the words “one nation under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance, say grace over their food in schools, have voluntary morning prayers before class, or even mention God, Jesus or Heaven in a class paper or valedictory speech.
Some highly uninformed Federal judges have even said that school and other governmental employees can’t post the Ten Commandments at public buildings or military bases, wear jewelry with religious symbols, or carry their Bibles with them to work or school.
Dumb as dirt, according to the Constitution and the hand-written letters of our Founders, because there is NO ‘separation of church and state’ clause there as we have been led to believe, one that prohibits ALL semblances of FAITH in public life. If you don’t believe it, read the First Amendment for yourself. It is so simple that it does not require 10 lawyers to interpret for you.
My thing is, if it is illegal for government employees to pray, wear religious jewelry, carry their Bibles to work or post the “Big 10” in their offices, then every government official and civil service employee should also be told that they must now WORK on Christmas Day, Thanksgiving, Easter and every Sunday, since those are “just days on the calendar” and their absence from work seems to constitute at least an acknowledgement that the day is an observance of a parochial nature.
After all, fair is fair and the law should apply to everyone, right?
Government employees and elected or appointed officials should not be allowed to take time off to observe holidays and weekend days which honor the God that this same government is working overtime to eliminate. That would be a clear violation of the law, would it not?
As law abiding citizens, we should demand that ALL PUBLIC OFFICES including schools, town halls, courthouses, state houses, the White House, state legislatures, and all courts from traffic court to the Supreme Court remain open, fully staffed and operational on “religious” holidays and weekends ... you know, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
The powers that be should also order the Postal Service to deliver mail on those holidays and every Sunday, too, please. Since it’s just another day on the calendar, there being no mail delivery on those days might somehow be misconstrued as illegal governmental support of religion, don’t you know.
Just like millions of Christian policemen, firemen, paper mill workers, truck drivers, convenience store clerks and others who have for years had to work on Sundays, Christmases, and Thanksgivings, EVERYONE associated with local, state and federal governments (including atheists and non-Christian faiths) should have to work on those days as well.
Fair is fair, right?
They also need to arrange for a stonemason’s crew to come and remove the marble display above one of the entrances to our Supreme Court building in Washington ... you know, the one that depicts Moses holding, what? The Ten Commandments of God?????
Maybe if the idea picks up enough steam, elected officials and these activist federal judicial nuts who fell from the trees of Liberal, Left-Wing, Looney-Tune Political Stupidity who want to make laws rather than interpret them will get the message and back off from their unconstitutional campaign to remove all references to faith from our society.
Of course, I’m being satrical here myself, and just thought I’d toss it out there to see what y’all think.
Anyway, back to Tom T.’s song. The tune ends with one of the greatest lines in the history of country music ...
“ .. would you rather have the monkey up in Washington, D.C., or have those people making monkeys out of you and me?”
Nuff sed. (And thank you, Tom. T!)