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June 1, 2013

RAY DAY: Highlight 'we' in we the people

— As I go from today back to yesterday and then jump up into the tomorrow, I see in my mind how things that happen in the past have a great impact on the future.

In the days of old, everything that you had was because of the effort you put forth. You put a great value on your home, your family and the elements of the weather that sort of dictated how hard you had to work. In today’s time, we still have a value put to just about everything we do, and we reap. The value of family is not even close to how it was before.

The value of life for some is less than before, and we find that many of those who just cannot make it in today’s world choose suicide, and that truly is a waste of what God gave all of us. Even punishment for doing wrong has changed drastically.

In the days of old, doing wrong got you a strong whipping as a child. Some adults were hanged, and many lived a long time in prison until they found out that right is good and wrong is bad. Today, we slap the hands of our youngsters and hope they see the error of their ways, but that does not come true for most of them. We have courts that will put down a decision and then be turned down by the higher courts of the land. We say that all are innocent until proven guilty, but you know that is not the real deal, as those who can will get a lawyer who is always there to set his man free, regardless of what he did.

I believe in the judicial system, and it does a good job more times than bad. But our senators and representatives in the House and Senate are more like two boxers in the ring. Get in the first punch and follow through with the rest of the party, and take it 15 rounds or until one of the fighters says “no more.”

In most administrations in the last 50 years, it has been the rule to follow your party lead and hang on for dear life. The president usually makes up his mind that there are things that need to be done for the sake of the people, but also is wise enough to know that he is in the fight for the whole term and really does not get too much done because he and Congress cannot get along.

What happened to the governments like we had during the two world wars and the Korean conflict? Did our values of being free to live, to speak, to write, and to assemble go downhill and off into the ocean? Can we fish long enough to bring back those values, or is it destined for us to travel the road of lost values and just get down on our knees and pray to God to bring back to us the sanity of life as it should be?

OK, I have been on the soapbox long enough. As I weigh what we had with what we have and put that forth to what it might be, I am confused and I am sad to know that we Americans stretch out our hands to people from other countries who are known to hate the American people, and grant them the right to live better than those who were born here and who pay the taxes.

Do we do too much for those who sneak across and not so much for our own? Sure we do, and eyes need to be open to see that “we the people” is not really we but “they.”

So looking into the future and weighing the three segments of life as we know it, I want to shake my head and say enough is enough. Let’s put forth the “we” in we the people, and take care of our own before we do others.

Ray “Uncle Ray” Day is a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at uncleray@earthlink.net.

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