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7/17/2013 6:00:00 AM
COLUMN: Just a whimper
Bob Weete
Bob Weete
Bob Weete

Strange things are happening. V-e-r-y strange things are happening. And the strangest part is that so many of us are not even aware. We really should be getting some "hints" by now, but it's difficult to see, when we've been kept unaware by the power structure that controls most of the media. Journalism as a whole is not the "free press" that it once was.

Oh, yes, I know. "That was then; this is now." "You can't go home again". And all those other sayings that are supposed to make it feel okay, even though the world seems headed for disaster. We Americans have always felt so confident in our country, and if "bad" stuff is going to happen, we say, "Oh, not here. Not in America." We need to clean the scales off our eyes, and realize "it" can happen here.

Contrary to what some people say, our country has, from the beginning, been a devoted follower of Judeo/Christian law. And what did it get us? We, with God's guidance, built a nation that was the envy of the world. We were loyal, proud, productive Americans who were the leaders of the world. We were not "perfect"; that is for sure. But because of our values, because we kept God's laws, we prospered.

That doesn't mean we were all "rich"; it means that we all were encouraged to dream, to work, and we could expect to achieve our goals. Whatever we were to be, we worked to become the best we could be, and we were content.

Our government leaders were honorable men, and we could rely on them to adhere to that magnificent American Constitution that a group of brilliant, sensible, responsible men created so our country would not become a nation like the others, monarchies and dictatorships, with the accompanying repression of the people.

Yet, it would appear that we, not our founders, have, through our own free will, chosen to separate ourselves from our Christian beginnings. We have found creative ways to convince people that using the old ways is no longer "progressive".

So, we listened to those who would abandon the simple rules that held us together and made us strong individuals as well as a strong country. We found ways to re-interpret that Constitution, and void the strong beliefs of our founders.

We chose to interpret the freedoms given in such a way that the country became divided. Freedom of religion was totally misinterpreted as freedom from religion.

And those who were non-believers focused also on the "rights" that were given to all people, and were able to divide the country into factions. The political correctness rule voided the rule that had made us into the great nation we were - moral correctness. The "rights" of people took precedence over the sense of responsibility that was built into the American core.

Anybody who didn't "like" something could then claim they were "offended" by the act and the powers cut the rights of the majority so the minority would not be "offended".

So, we no longer have prayers in certain places, anything "Christmas" is no longer accepted, because someone might be "offended", even our servicemen and women and their chaplains cannot pray "in Jesus' name" because some might be offended.

The list could go on and on. The "rights" of the minority now take precedence over the "rights" of the majority! And that is fair? In life there will always be things individuals don't like, but why is it necessary to change the heritage of the American to avoid offending someone who is here from another country, for instance? They knew we had our own culture when they came here. Stay home if they are "offended" by American culture.

Gays have been part of mankind for centuries; we know that. Once again, a minority group has trampled on the Christian principle of marriage. Why would they demand to change the definition of marriage, a word that has been defined as a sacred ceremony between a man and a woman, for the purpose of producing children? If they want to establish some kind of "legal" relationship, why not call it something else? "Marriage" it is not.

Some have told me all these observations are negative, and that if I am not happy here, perhaps I ought to leave. Actually, I'm extremely happy. And blessed. I am one who has lived in a generation where people had standards, where they respected one another, regardless of station in life. I lived in a time where one could leave the house and go to the grocery store and leave the doors unlocked. And at the store, there was no reason to be sure the car was locked.

I lived in a great world where the "F-word" was not a common vocabulary word. I lived in a world of manners, of self-reliance, of a sense of responsibility, of a solid work ethic. Also, I lived where everyone I knew was proud of this country, constantly struggling to be free.

I have been blessed, yes, indeed. But I am sad that so many people growing up today will not have learned Lincoln's Gettysburg address, the Preamble to the Constitution. Instead, they will remember how "cool" it was to wear their pants down below their buns.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013
Article comment by: @ Crazy Town

Why is a 5 year old kid even thinking about being gay or different in that kind of way? Could it be the parents? I'm sorry but I find it hard to believe a kid that young finds him or her self different.....

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@ Crazy T. Just type in Google search " Where do they want to indoctrinate school children into homosexuality.

you will get one for Chicago. plus many more articles.

Many of you say it's OK to be Gay. But when other people say I'm a Christian, many of you draw the line in the sand.

You can be Christian, Muslim, or Gay. Just as long as you do not try to convert me or anyone else. Just as you people on the left get mad when they try to convert someone into a christian.

Yes here in America there is a separation of Church, and State. But why do people swear on the Bible in court. Also when the President is sworn into Office. The Ten Commandments are they not in some courts? Before a town hall meeting is there not a prayer? There are many more examples out there. Oh yes legal tender. In God we trust. Or does it say in allah we trust? Some say, same god but different teachings.

Yes it's a good thing that America was not founded on christian religion.

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: Crazy Town

I don't know any of you that are calling Weete out but, I love you.

Just because someone doesn't believe in God doesn't mean they are devoid of morals or values. On the contrary I have found that when people reject religious beliefs and follow their own judgement, they are more likely to be more loving and accepting. I would like to know what school is indoctrinating our kids in homosexuality? It is that kind of lies that are preached in church that scares kids and makes them think being gay is wrong. Why? Because someone says so? It makes me very sad to think of that 5 year old girl, knowing she is different to hear she is wrong or an abomination. That is one of the reason these poor kids kill themselves. They deserve love just like anyone else, even Weete. Those of you that believe being gay is a sin have no right to judge or prevent anyone else from living the life that makes them happy. If I followed all of the rules in the bible my life would be really sad. Without my gay uncle and half breed grandkids, my life would be nothing. I would rather be in Hell.

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: Bill Brooks

You offer up a main premise...
"Contrary to what some people say, our country has, from the beginning, been a devoted follower of Judeo/Christian law."
...and yet you offer absolutely nothing to support it. Evidence without citation is not documentation, Mr. Weete, and the reason you have no support because you are flat-out wrong, period.
1797. US ratification of a treaty with Tripoli says:
"the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion"
Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists in 1802 contains the phrase:
"wall of separation between church and state"
You can find this information in just about any library, yet it is always the religious social clubs within Christianity that seem to play fast and loose with these plain, hard facts.
If anything, American society in regards to religion is resembling more like the one that our founding fathers truly envisioned. A truly secular society is a beautiful society.
It is regrettable that you can't seem to tolerate religious equality, Mr. Weete. You certainly have a right to your own opinions, but not your own facts.
Unfortunately, since you opened on such a flawed premise, the rest of your piece suffers as a result. A C-minus effort at best.

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: Court Jester

@ RS
Its funny you use the Rolling Stone as a moniker, But for some reason you got off tract and let me explain where I'm coming from.
What a person decides for themselves is not the issue here, just like religion. Go for it! The moral compass of society is diminishing as we speak because we force it on everyone. We need to get rid of the likes of Jessie and Al for all they do is fan the flames. Bush started all the big brother pat downs everywhere you go and Obama has gave them more power. DC is the problem when you think about it.

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@Rolling Stoned. So where in this article does it advocate violence?

Marriage is between a man and a woman. You people demand that children be indoctrinated into the world of homosexuality by this government in all public schools, but cringed at the words said by the other side of love of God and Country.

You people are a joke. Do not attack say something to help me change my mind.

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Article comment by: Rolling Stoned

Court Jester, I'd like to know what you would do if you had gay children or grand children? Would you beat them with a bible and disown them? Would you have them enrolled in the state's now defunct homosexual psychiatric reversal program? Would you find no fault in the hateful ridicule they would endure from their peers at school? Would you like to see them exterminated? What would you do?

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Article comment by: Court Jester

To all you Weete bashers, get a grip.

Us "old guys" come from a much simpler time when everyone pulled there own wait, had scruples(aka upbringing) and it was pretty cool. Now we have a digital life where nothing else matters but the stupid smart phone. Meth & welfare is a predominate every where you go. Washington DC is and has been corrupt for the last 20 years and nobody knows how to fix it. We go to wars for made up reasons so their crony's can make more money while we make more enemies.

So you can be all cool with the gay rights and all your digital devices, freedoms taken away one at a time, a government that does take any accountability for all the screw-ups it has made but for me? Not so much.

Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013
Article comment by: To Lisa Z And other critics

There may be no sense in argueing with Weete regarding anything he writes as it is all based on his rigid opinions and even more rigid belief structure. But it is important to challenge as you did his commentaries put forth in his column. People give credibility to what they read in a paper whether or not that credibility is deserved. If it is blindly believed because no one challenges or criticizes it, impressionalble readers may accept it as fact because some man with a kind picture in the local paper said it was so. I believe Weete means well with his writings, but he has lost his way and in turn is furthering the divisions between us whether they are religious, political, or socially based. Keep writing. Stay anonymous. Protect yourselves and family. If Weete has a problem with that he shouldnt be writing such dribble in the first place. If your going to publicly smear your country, your president, your fellow citizens in your writings, you would be foolish to think you would not get some push back in this modern era thru avenues like this comment section. Weete a big boy, I'm sure he can take a lot of criticism. He may even like the attention. Controversy increases readership.

Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

If something here in this Article is wrong, then say what parts are wrong and untrue. So how can be wrong and untrue to the people that feel the same way?

Other than attacking the writer,or pretending to be muslim, and also going after one's faith.
Why not offer your point of view. In a way to help others see it from your side of the looking glass. In other words help me change my mind and convince me that you are right.

Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2013
Article comment by: Amen to John Smith

Amen, john I so do agree with you....

Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2013
Article comment by: Blah, blah blah

Mr. Weete, I believe in one of your previous comments you said we have a choice not to read your columns. YOU ALSO HAVE THE CHOICE NOT TO READ ANONYMOUS COMMENTS! All these comment quarrels always converge back to the same thing - people moaning about the anonymous. Why? People have been writing anonymously for ages...George Orwell, Mark Twain, etc. What if I just left a pen name like that? Would it make you feel better? Can't people just accept anonymity as part of the Internet's fabric?

We Are Anonymous We are legion We don't forgive We don't forget

Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Article comment by: Thank you Mr. Weete

Thank you for writing your articles. Not everyone is a political correctness!

Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Article comment by: John Smith


Thank you for writing this- it pleases me to see you champion the Word of God boldy- as it should be. I am also happy to see so many responses that share your beliefs. As with all things regarding Christ- they will be hated by the world and those that are wordly.

Islam (and Shaira Law) are tools of the devil and wicked in themselves. Despite what Lisa Z might believe to be true Christianity and Islam have NOTHING in common- what Islam borrows from the Bible is nothing more than a little sugar to help Satan's medicine go down. The Jesus of Islam is NOT the Jesus of the Bible HE IS THE LORD.

The King James Bible is the Word of God and the laws therein were put there for a reason. I used to be an atheist and would throw all the quotes out about the supposed barbaric laws in the Bible but the TRUTH is when you look into Christianity with an open, unbiased mind you become a Christian- plain and simple.

The Bible does NOT preach against people of a difference race (race was an idea that belongs to Darwin- the Bible says that we are all of one nation in the eyes of God) and it does not preach against women, it tells you to love your wife, support her and be faithful to her. Men and women are different but one is not greater than the other, we are the same with different purposes. What the Bible does preach against is homosexuality and all things wicked.

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