“THE MORAL COMPASS”
by Zeb Blanchard, ©2012
(Dec. 16, 2012) — We had a gun trader when I was in high school in the early ’50’s in Vermont. He plied his trade of sale and barter out of his desk in school. No one gave this much thought including the teachers, as this sort of “business” went on all the time. The fact that this fellow was dealing in hand guns was irrelevant. The key aspect was that it did not interfere with studies.
Guns in Vermont, one of the three remaining New England states at that time, were just another inanimate part of life. They were used to harvest food, primarily, but some folks used them for sport and of course our student entrepreneur used them for trade. There were no accidents and acts of violence with a firearm were non-existent. As close as we came to violence, and this was not an act of violence, was when my black sheep cousin “winged” a game warden for being overzealous in enforcement of deer hunting out of season. The shooting was never investigated and the “guilty” game warden was transferred back to the city where he came from.
The “law” was pretty much non-existent because there was no lawlessness. Some small towns had a constable of questionable authority; most did not. The state police pretty much did it all and woe on any kid that was caught in a traffic violation, perceived or otherwise, because he was taken home to his parents for discipline.
Jimmy Carter had not yet dictated the creation of a Department of Education, and the state knew better than to get involved. Education was done at the community level, period, and run by a very active parent/teachers’ consortium. It was called PTA for those who have forgotten. God and country were at the forefront of education in the ’40’s and ’50’s in rural New England. You were threatened to get an education so you could go out in the world and achieve. Recall that this was the generation that put men on the moon and that now NASA has been abandoned, for all intents and purposes.
Fast froward only six decades to Newtown and make your own comparisons.
God is gone from the classroom and society, essentially, and society’s moral compass with it. Communities come together, temporarily, during tragedies, then fall back into their government-induced lethargy until “the next time,” which is occurring at ever more regular intervals in direct proportion to the accelerating rate at which we sink into existentialism. Our legislators behave like dogs in heat; if it feels good they do it, with total abandon of the rule of law. Even life itself has lost its meaning. When Obama (allah praise him) is in Newtown today, will he pray for the 4000 unborn infants that were murdered in government abortion clinics last Friday and the day before and the day before that and those to be killed on Monday?
The answer is not to attempt to take guns away from honest people but rather to attempt to return our Nation to some semblance of its original moral founding. This initiative must start with our leaders in Congress and in the pulpit. Without a Red Road to follow,we will end in oblivion!