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As Independence Day approaches my thoughts turn to the extraordinary courage of our Founding Fathers who, along with only a handful of their neighbors, chose to fight against the tyranny of an oppressive government and declare their Independence. They put their faith in God and pledged their "lives, fortunes and sacred honor" in order to make America a free nation.
In today's modern political power structure there is an insidious effort underway to convince Americans to worship the government and place our faith there instead of where it truly belongs: "In God We Trust." This year I encourage you to join me and re-declare your independence from over-reaching government.
The proposed roundabout at 7th and Cass street is a horrible example of political correctness gone a muck. La Crosse already suffers from high taxes and this will only make matters worse. The city loses $29,000 in real estate taxes from the unnecessary taking of property for the intersection; and it will do little if anything to improve downtown business.
I use this corner fairly regularly and rarely are there more than half a dozen cars there. I talked with a retired city police officer and he noted that he can't ever remember that intersection being on their top 12 problem areas in the city. At the same time, consideration for one at the intersection of 14-61 and 35 at the south end of the city, and possibly one on highway 35 north, are worthy of examination.
The greatest president in the history of the United States discussed the importance of religion in America many times in his speeches and writings. Here are just a few samples from President George Washington:
The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.
[W]here is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation deserts the oaths...?
It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His mercy, to implore His protection and favor... That great and beneficent author of all good that was, that is, or ever shall be, that we may then unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people.
The Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage must be recognized by all states. This comes as no surprise to those of us who have been monitoring the moral decay of our nation in this 'Post-Constitutional' era where anything goes. The Congress is full of cowards who refuse to fight the dictator-wannabe in the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch is more interested in appeasing the cultural rot than in upholding the laws.
I will not comply with this ruling for two reasons:
First, and most importantly, the laws of God come first so I will not comply with any laws of man that are incompatible with God's laws.
Second, I do not recognize the Supreme Court's authority to re-define the institution of marriage. Only God can do that. The supreme legal body of our nation can say whatever they like. They can call the sinful union of homosexuals a marriage but that does not make it true.