Column: Where there is no vision the people perish

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 26, 2006

Love Cruikshank, Love Notes

So far as I’m concerned bumper stickers will never replace Burma Shave signs, but they do have their place in our lives. Have you seen one of the latest, “Support America. Buy a congressman.”

There’s a Bible verse I’ve always loved. I think it’s to be found in Proverbs, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

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We’ve been lacking vision in this country for some years now. Mind I’m not supporting Hillary Clinton in her contention that the House of Representatives is being run like a plantation. She’s too smart a woman to limit it like that. The whole nation is being run like a plantation. Think it over carefully if you don’t believe me.

We have something in common with the people of Mexico. Both nations are governed by leaders incapable of thinking and too willing to protect the majority from the greedy minority. Both nations are governed by the unthinking.

“Where there is no vision the people perish.” Vision rests with those who can think.

I have every respect for the many churches within our nation, but those whose members believe we should receive illegal immigrants without objection should be asked to pay taxes to help pay for the benefits received by those who &045; unlike legal residents &045; are not paying for them.

I know of no nation other than ours, who open their borders to those who demand without being willing to accept our laws.

Anyone, from any nation, can cross into this country, but our president ignores that danger in favor of wire tapping and such.

Harry Belafonte has brought down a storm by suggesting that Bush has the tendencies of a dictator. There are history books open to all of us. We can’t lose our freedom by studying how democracy has been lost in various places at various times.

I remember back in the 30s when the nation was shocked by Sinclair Lewis’s book, “It Can’t Happen Here.”

Back when I was in junior high I don’t think that there was a pupil in the entire school that didn’t know by heart at least the first 10 amendments of the Constitution. Shortly after World War II a survey was taken on the Bill of Rights, without revealing their source. Most people rejected them on the ground that they were Communistic.

We need to know more about our government and our history. We need to elect leaders who understand the aims and purposes and inspire our respect for our laws and traditions.


Lea resident Love Cruikshank’s columns appear in Thursday’s Tribune.)