Karl H. Timmerman M.A.J.D. © 2002
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A MISSOURI LAWYER'S
FRIDAY NIGHT RAMBLINGS
MoBar Solo and Small Firm Internet Group
JULY 4, 2003
Greets and Huggers. Posted the early evening of July 4, 2003. Life is strange. My Mom and Dad drove back to Holden last Sunday because my Dad wanted his computer fixed. I fixed it. Enjoyed having lunch with them. They arrived at 8 am Sunday morning after driving all night ... and headed back to Whittier, North Carolina at 7 pm Sunday evening, (an 849 mile one way trip). They really are special people ... persons who lead a life worth living ..... raised 4 children: my sister Barbara, a Masters level Medical Anthropologist, my sister Kay, a Masters level Nurse Anesthesiologist and my brother Roy .... <smiling> ... a Masters level Greyhound Bus driver :) and me, a dumb ole country lawyer. They laid the framework for what I have become. Thinking back, the first Mercedes I bought, I bought, not because I particularly wanted one ... I bought it because my Dad always wanted one. I wanted to share that with my Dad. Guess some of the wants we learn ... the wants which are important to us ... are wants we learn from our parents. So, what have you taught your kid about what you want? Do you know what your kid "wants"? Hope you have taught your kid that "wanting" 'tain't "getting". But that "wanting" and "getting" have a common denominator ....... it's called "work". Have you taken the time to teach your kid/kids that the color of a persons skin and a persons religious beliefs are not the measure of that person: that the measure of a person ... is that persons character? (Like ........ not lying on a car insurance application). Keep in mind, the most prevalent form of child abuse in our America ... is inflicted by the parent that gives their kid everything.
Read the "Separation of Church and State" posts. Such a display of passion and such divergent views but then isn't that this "families" greatest strength? The ability to speak our mind and share our beliefs/views with each other? Isn't that what "family" members do? A dear member of our "Family" wrote:
"The framers had no intention that the first amendment be manipulated this way. Read the Federalist papers. They were only advocating a secular government, not the abolishment of the things that our society was based upon. The Mayflower was not a group of atheists, satanists, or muslims. It was a group of Christians. We will always be a country that was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs. I'm going on a limb here, but if you don't like it MOVE. That is what our country is and will always be."
The majority of the 102 folks on the Mayflower http://xroads.virginia.edu/~CAP/puritan/purhist.html were then and by today's standards, a fringe, nut case fundamentalist Christian religious cult, an offshoot of the Anglican Church and disavowed by all other Christian religions in Europe. They believed in predetermination, meaning, at the time of birth, it was already determined whether you were going to heaven or hell: nothing you could do would change that. Further, they had two sacraments, Baptism and the Lords Supper .... marriage was a civil affair, (so much for "family values"). They were bounced out of England, (1608), bounced out of Holland, (1619) and came to America in 1620. http://members.aol.com/calebj/passenger.html The next few thousand and over the years many thousand others, to arrive, were Europe's attempt to empty Europe's prisons and fruit farms, (the first invasion of the Mariel Boat People .... except, from Europe). Don't know when the first Jewish folks arrived, (I'm sure someone in our "Family" would know). Have no doubt, Native Americans wish they had snuffed every one of these sociopathic European nut cases as they stepped off the boat. These were the forbears of most of our Founding Fathers. Fast forward a few generations. "We will always be a country that was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs." I'm curious, just what are "Judeo-Christian Beliefs"? Our system of government? Our system of laws? Or a belief in the God of Abraham? or Jesus? (Don't Muslim folks also worship the God of Abraham?) Where are these "Judeo-Christian Beliefs" contained in our Constitution? In terms of the evolution of Law, our judicial principals are founded not just on the Ten Commandments, but also on the Hammurabic Code, http://eawc.evansville.edu/anthology/hammurabi.htm Could it be that the oft cited "Judeo-Christian Beliefs" are codified in our Bill of Rights? With the very first line of the very First "Judeo-Christion Belief" being: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". The bottom line: there is no law that stops an individual from having a relationship with their creator or choosing not to. There is no law which limits an individual's right to express their religious convictions privately. There is no law that limits an individual's right to construct whatever religious symble/structure they wish on their property, nor could there ever be. Individual religious conviction/belief is private and one of the most fundamental of rights. It is when an individual seeks to share that conviction/belief/relationship ... for whatever reason, whatever the context .... in a manner or forum which involves a governmental entity ..... that the First Amendment is violated. Our Constitution prohibits the powers that are/be, the elected or appointed representatives of "the majority", from doing so. It should. Of the series of decisions involving the separation of church and state, show me one case, which limits an individuals religious beliefs? As for my dear "sisters" statement "if you don't like it MOVE". Thank you for sharing your view. My dear friend, Robert Pennell commented that he did not understand the fuss over the separation of church and state: frankly, neither did I. However, this statement serves to reinforce and remind me why the "fuss" over separation of church and state is necessary. The judge who opens his docket call, (over the silent objection of some folks in his/her courtroom ...... silent because they fear speaking out), with a prayer, makes making a "fuss" imperative. The Alabama Judge, who has refused to remove the Ten Commandments Plague from his courthouse, on religious grounds ...... speaks for itself. 'Nuff said."
Sitting this HOT early evening at Ft Timmerman, stuffed. BBQ'd a brisket, (Susan is an insulin injecting diabetic, but I have a diabetic BBQ sauce recipe that would knock your socks off!! Email me if you want it). I am now reading and editing these Ramblings, sipping some BBB and thinking how fortunate I am to live in a small town, Holden, Missouri, in the United States of America: my America. I am thankful to be part of a community of individuals who have subjected themselves to a document, a contract, which celebrates our individual freedoms and ensures that while the majority may govern, the minority, folks like me, have the same "rights, privileges and immunities" as the majority. We are governed by law, not men. I cannot help but wonder if the reason we hold personal freedom, both as a nation and as a people, in such high esteem, is, because of the paranoia our Founding Fathers, (http://www.archives.gov/exhibit_hall/charters_of_freedom/constitution/founding_fathers.html) had for government. A fear of being oppressed by the majority. Our Founding Fathers were extraordinary human beings, (read their biographies): incredibly bright, incredibly talented and they marched to the beat of their own drummer, (hehehehe ...... today we call folks that do that "sociopaths"). Of the 54 Founding Fathers, 34 were solo and small firm lawyers :) We, as a nation have come from the most humble of beginnings to be what we are now: the most powerful military and moral, ("moral" defined as empowering the greatest of God's gifts, "personal freedom"), power on this earth. My America is not perfect, my America, like you and I ...... is a work in progress. We are progressing. To protect that position, we have our family, friends and neighbors in uniform spread around the world: on watch. Later tonight, at Ft Timmerman, I plan to watch Holden's fireworks display, (I think this year, we may even have 10 big shells ..... hehehe ... instead of just sparklers :) ..... from our garden, snuggling with the greatest partner a man can have. Later, as I drift off to sleep, I will exercise one of my fundamental rights, (while holding my Lady) ...... I will say a prayer for our men and women in uniform, for my America, for Susan and I ...... and for you. Be and sleep well, the best there is, is on watch.
If my post offends, I apologize .... that is not my intent.
Karl, (the dumb ole country lawyer from Holden, Missouri)