A discussion around a restaurant table Saturday night.
Actually, less of a discussion and more a string of questions bounced about between some politically and militarily wired friends having an off-the-record dinner.
It started with “It’s time to ask ourselves some questions.”
We are “free citizens in a self-governing republic.”
When was the last time you thought of that?
Have you ever thought of it?
Now think of this:
Are we really free citizens in a self-governing republic any more?
Does the government answer to the people?
Has it ever?
If the answer is no then we not a republic.
Every year there seems to be a battle between those who like Christmas and those who believe Christmas is something that shouldn’t be acknowledged or mentioned at any level of government.
The usual argument is “separation of church and state”.
People smarter than us have pointed out this is the most misunderstood parts of the U.S. Constitution.
The First Amendment is part of the “Bill of Rights”. Here it is. Short and extremely profound:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
We’re not constitutional lawyers so take this as common sense and not legal opinion.