Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


January 7, 2014

WE THE PEOPLE: Not a year to knuckle under

CROSSVILLE — They’ll come pouring like pixies and trolls and gremlins out of the woodwork and from under the political rock piles―the boys and girls running for office in 2014. A few will be dithering about running for president in 2016. They are the silly survivors of the most worthless House ever, one known for spouting talk-show madness and radical lies.

They say they “know what the American people want” but they didn’t even pass minor gun control measures the polls indicate that over half of the voters want.

And how do they arrive at the conclusion that birth control products are bad for young women but erectile dysfunction pills are good for old men?

And when it comes to people they represent, the voting districts have been redrawn under their direction according to the skin color of residents and not by obvious geographical lines, nor those that ensure justice or convenience for voters.

They loudly proclaim that “all men are created equal” as it says in the preamble to our Constitution. But most of them are more intent on inflating their own “equality” than on fixing anyone else’s inequality. When they think about equality they must be particularly fond of other founding anomalies―especially those passages that did not give women the right to vote or the part that gave slaves only a fractional value of their owners.

Why is it so important to them to post the Ten Commandments everywhere while looking for new places to send young men and women to die (in direct violation of Commandment 6)? Killing is killing.

And, be sure to ask those “wannabees” to explain why the Wall Street one-percenters at the top have almost no limits on the millions they can skim for themselves and why the 1-percenters feel entitled to not be taxed more for anything. Ask those candidates why they support people who claim to be job-makers but have no evidence that raising the minimum wage for the bottom one percent of American workers would kill jobs. Ask them to explain why so much money is still gushing upward to provide luxuries for stockowners and not trickling down for bread and jobs to people who plant and clean and weld.

Why are so many of right-wingers pushing the idea that we are not a democracy but a republic? Most of us just want a government that works. Hating Franklin D. Roosevelt and looking under every bush for imaginary socialists are not big concerns of We the People.

So, if you have a chance to shake hands with a candidate, they will likely tell you how hard they will work for you. It’s a good idea to take note of the softness of the hand you shake and decide if it belongs to someone who is acquainted with really hard work of any kind. Cutting food stamps for children and denying unemployment insurance to long-term unemployed citizens does not qualify as hard work.

Many of our forebearers paid dearly for our freedoms. We have a responsibility to them and to ourselves to keep those freedoms strong and not surrender to a temporary siege by self-righteous oligarchs who believe that democracy is a dud that should be repealed. We the people have too much going for us to submit to that in this world full of new hope and new opportunities.

Text Only
  • Lion and the Lamb: A promised land?

    Back in biblical times there was a group of people who believed that God had promised them a segment of land on this planet that would be theirs forever. Who could have known back then that this ancient promise and territorial justification would be used by their descendants today to claim the same segment of land?

    July 29, 2014

  • We the People: Bring back the American dream

    Our economy continues to expand. The stock market is at record levels, yet many ask why so many of us are struggling?  Barely half of us believe the American dream is attainable.

    July 29, 2014

  • Tidbits: Taking a low-tech break

    Feeling increasingly strangled by my electronic leash, with phone, text messages, email, social media and a variety of other forms of communication always at my side, I took the weekend off.

    July 28, 2014

  • Stumptalk: Governing before and after mass corruption

    Laws in America were originally written simply. Every citizen could read them quickly and understand their meaning. The founders wrote the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Northwest Ordinance and the Constitution of the United States, none of which was longer than 4,500 words.

    July 28, 2014

  • We the People: The last dance

    Charlie Hayden’s last recording session with his early partner, Keith Jarrett, was in 2007.  The songs they played were mostly melancholy.  The second album coming from that session includes Weil’s “My Ship” and Porter’s “Every Time We Say Goodbye.” The dark ballad “Goodbye,” by Gordon Jenkins, was the final track.

    July 22, 2014

  • Lion and the Lamb: Living in a pressure cooker

    The Gaza Strip, a small Palestinian territory about the size of Washington, D.C., has been in the news almost every day.  Its key location at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea has attracted a number of occupying powers over the years, and it has  been at the center of much Middle East history.

    July 22, 2014

  • Tidbits: The excitement of election day

    On March 12, 1996, there were 427,183 votes cast in the presidential primary election. Among those votes was mine, the first vote I cast in an election, just two days after my 18th birthday.

    July 21, 2014

  • Raising the minimum wage

    My first job from which FICA was withheld was a minimum wage job, seventy-five cents an hour. And yes, even then no one could live on that little money. However, I was a high schooler living at home where my father provided room and board. The job gave me pocket money to buy gasoline, to take my girlfriend out for movies and burgers, and to buy tickets for baseball games.

    July 21, 2014

  • Lion and the Lamb: Children on the move

    The news this past week has focused on the humanitarian crisis developing on our southern border. Thousands of unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras seeking to escape from the violence, human trafficking and extreme poverty in their countries have been entering the United States.

    July 15, 2014

  • We the People: Memo to gun rights groups

    The recent incident in California helps us understand why we cannot rely on mental health services alone to solve the problem of gun violence.

    July 15, 2014

Marketplace Marquee
Must Read
Section Teases
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar
2014 Readers' Choice
Graduation 2014