Monday, October 26, 2009

“Who Do You Trust?”
by John Alexander Madison
October 26, 2009

The internet…thank you Al Gore. You invented the internet, right? In some regards it is a blessing and in others a curse. Daily e-mails with family and friends are an easy, convenient and instant way to stay in touch. And many interesting messages include those which pay tribute to fallen military heroes or those who have faced overwhelming obstacles and life-threatening challenges only to beat the odds. They are certainly uplifting and a tribute to the human spirit and individual faith. The problem is which should you believe…which messages do you trust?

Even if you aren’t a sports fan this recent message is very interesting and the question asked is which professional organization are these facts referring to, the National Football League (NFL) or the National Basketball Association (NBA)?

STATED FACTS: 36 have been accused of spousal abuse; 7 have been arrested for fraud; 19 have been accused of writing bad checks; 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses; 3 have done time for assault; 71 (repeat 71) cannot get a credit card due to bad credit; 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges; 8 have been arrested for shoplifting; 21 are currently defendants in lawsuits; and, 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year.

Does this describe the NFL or the NBA? Do you give up? It is, of course, a trick question. While the statistics for the NFL and NBA were not offered (and they could very well match or exceed these,) the above scenario belongs to the 535 members of the United States Congress, the same group of ‘idiots’ (per the e-mail message) that crank out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line. If these are “facts” regarding members of the United States Congress “who do you trust” becomes a very legitimate and fair question.

Well, as I said…this one is interesting, perhaps accurate and certainly thought provoking.

Here’s another e-mail which has been widely circulated and attributed to Andy Rooney.

DID YOU KNOW? As you walk up the steps to the building which houses the U.S Supreme Court you can see near the top of the building a row of the world's law givers and each one is facing one in the middle who is facing forward with a full frontal view ... it is Moses and he is holding the Ten Commandments!

DID YOU KNOW? As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each door.

DID YOU KNOW? As you sit inside the courtroom, you can see on the wall, right above where the Supreme Court judges sit a display of the Ten Commandments!

DID YOU KNOW? There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the Federal Buildings and Monuments in Washington, D.C.

DID YOU KNOW? James Madison, the fourth president, known as 'The Father of Our Constitution' made the following statement:'We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.'

DID YOU KNOW? Every session of Congress begins with a prayer by a paid preacher, whose salary has been paid by the taxpayer since 1777.

DID YOU KNOW? Fifty-two of the fifty-five founders of the Constitution were members of the established orthodox churches in the colonies.

DID YOU KNOW? Thomas Jefferson worried that the Courts would overstep their authority and instead of interpreting the law would begin making law an oligarchy…the rule of few over many.

How then, have we gotten to the point that everything we have done for more than 220 years in this country is now suddenly wrong and unconstitutional?

This widely circulated e-mail ends with the following message:

Let’s send this message around the world and let the world see and remember what this great country was built on and the values our Founding Fathers envisioned for our new nation. It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God. Therefore, it is very hard to understand why there is such a fuss about having the Ten Commandments on public display or having “One nation, under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Why don't we just (politely) tell the other 14% to Sit Down and SHUT UP!!!

Regarding sending this message around the world, how about we start by sending this message to the Commander-in- Chief (a/k/a Chief Narcissist) at the White House and every member of Congress?

You are kidding right? In answering the question “Who Do You Trust?” the choice is Congress or GOD?

Well, having 'In God We Trust' on our money AND KEEPING IT THERE sounds like a darn good idea to me. How about you?

I was asked to send this on if I agreed (or delete if I didn't.) Now it is your turn, because I just did.

(Bonus question) Depending on your age you may remember a 1950’s late afternoon television program called “Who Do You Trust” featuring announcer Ed McMahon. Who was the star of the show? Answer: Johnny Carson.

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