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Dave Wallace: In the interest of our future

As the temperature dropped a bit, I broke out the bicycle for a ride across town in search of some exercise. With the exception of a few automobiles, the streets and sidewalks were rather empty. I came across several children and a couple of adults, who offered up a wave or responded with a "hi" or "hello." I also came across a couple of individuals, one of whom was having a conversation with himself, while several blocks away, another appeared to be picking flowers out of the sky.

As we view the news these days, we find an endless stream of crime, deception, and dysfunction, from drugs and theft to the killing of innocent individuals. These acts of dysfunctionality go on and on, and we ask ourselves what in the world has happened to our country?

If our children of today are not well-educated in the history of freedom and liberty which made our country the greatest nation on earth, they can easily be misled later in life. When our Founding Fathers gave us the Constitution and established the republic, they based the success and sustainability on religious faith. Our Founding Fathers were aware that laws and social standards were not enough to maintain a functional society; they knew people must realize we are accountable to a higher power, and at some point in time, we will answer for the lives we have lived. Even though the freedom and liberties we have in this great nation are protected by the Bill of Rights, they were given by God. These philosophies were well-established in our country and were the driving force within the republic for many years after inception.

The decline in social functionality we see today is not by chance. This degradation of moral values within our society has been by design. The winds of socialism have been blowing across our country for many years now. Individualism and ownership have been removed from the critical years of elementary education. Religious discussion and prayer has been abolished in our public schools, as well as at many government facilities. This is all part of a strategy to destroy the foundation of values which made our nation great.

The United States Constitution does not mention a separation of church and state. Our First Amendment prevents the federal government from establishing an official religion, reading: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

If our nation is to survive the challenges of today, we must, first and foremost, return to the concepts that made it free. We must once again hold our national, state, and local leadership to a standard that reflects the founding values and principles upon which our nation was established.

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During a Constitutional Convention in 1778, George Mason said, "As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this, by an inevitable chain of causes and effects, providence punishes national sins by national calamities."

People, please be aware of the state our nation is in these days. We can only pray we have not passed the point of no return.

Vladimir Lenin once said, "Allow me four years to teach your children, and the seed I have sowed will never be uprooted." Mothers and fathers, do you see righteous adults of the future when you look at your children today? Will their conversations be with you as they get older? Will it be your garden where they choose to pick the flowers?

Dave Wallace

Craig