And We Dare Ask Why

Monday, December 17, 2012

Another senseless tragedy.  Another few days of hand wringing and question-asking.  Another bad memory fades with time.  And we simply wait for the next one to jostle us a bit in our moral slumber.   

So why you ask?  Here's one answer.  As C.S. Lewis so aptly put it, "And all the time---such is the tragi-comedy of our situation---we continue to clamor for those very qualities we are rendering impossible.....In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function.  We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise.  We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.  We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful."

How many parents will shake their heads in horror over the latest school shooting, and then without hardly missing a beat, enroll their child in a school where a mere affirmation of the existence of God brings scorn and ridicule (from classmates and teachers alike)?  Where mass slaughter of the unborn is taught as a viable form of birth control, and we change meanings of words which are as old as language itself to accommodate those who fancy themselves and their base passions a special class of citizen due particular special rights. 

Our collective contradictions and culture of death and disrespect for the most defenseless among us has not gone unnoticed by the last few generations of American kids.  We stand there and tell them its wrong to kill wantonly, for no good reason, while parts of our culture openly celebrate their "freedom" to kill for whatever reason sounds good at the moment.  We tell them there is no such thing as truth, but then insist to them that they tell it.  A six-year-old could see the glaring contradiction.    

We have gutted our society of anything with even the slightest moral message or grounding, and we've done it with worshipful ignorance as we bow to the gods of political correctness and some twisted new definition of tolerance.  And then we wring our hands over Connecticut or Aurora or Columbine and wonder why?  We have castrated the stallion and are clueless as to why he won't reproduce.  We, the insane, are doing the same thing, which is to say, nothing, over and over again, and expecting a different outcome. 

I suppose I can offer this solace:  After a few dozen more they will become old hat.  We will have been desensitized to the point that we just stare blankly at the TV screen that brings us the message, pause for perhaps a moment, then change the channel.  Kind of like news about abortion now.  Or somebody finding a baby in a dumpster.  This is the world our Godless, vacuous, self-centered policies have birthed. We have sown to the wind and are reaping the whirlwind.  Had enough yet?

Randall Beck

Collierville, Tn.


Roy Exum: Quick! Arm Our Guards

When I learned last Wednesday that Chattanooga’s leading hospital, in a ridiculous attempt to be more “family friendly,” planned to disarm its security guards. I was aghast but decided to wait for the proper “incident” to illustrate how stupid members of our “free thought society” can sometimes be. It took exactly one week. A bit after midnight on Thursday morning a gunman appeared ... (click for more)

Always Read The Fine Print - And Response (3)

So, Chief Dodd retired before 25 years of service and is angry that he's being charged a five percent fee for surviving spouse benefits, even though that change was enacted prior to his retiring? Well, welcome to the real world, Mr. Dodd. Always read the fine print. City employees were also once able to carry their health insurance with them if they retired earlier than 25 years, ... (click for more)

Lookout Mountain, Ga., Raises Sewer Rates; Joins In Kudzu Fight

The Lookout Mountain, Ga., City Council on Thursday night approved an increase in sewer charges. The council approved ordinance 281 increasing sewer rates to $6 per 100 cubic feet of water from the previous rate of $4.77.  The new increase will be in effect in January 2015.    City Manager Brad Haven said the town will be replacing the flow meter for ... (click for more)

Severe Weather To Threaten South As Thanksgiving Travel Begins

AccuWeather reports a storm riding a surge of springlike warmth will bring a round of severe weather including the risk of a few tornadoes this weekend in the South as Thanksgiving travel begins. According to Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity, "The storm system will draw warm, moist air northward from the Gulf of Mexico and allow thunderstorms to develop, while at ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Cruises To Another Playoff Victory, 48-7

The Notre Dame football express continues to roll on down the track and it appears the Fighting Irish are just picking up a little bit more steam. Facing a 10-2 McMinn Central in the quarterfinal round of the TSSAA Class 3-A football playoffs at spacious Finley Stadium Friday night, Notre Dame did what they've been doing all year -- scoring early and often while limiting the ... (click for more)

Irish QB Darras Dazzles Chargers With Passing Show

Film sessions all week didn’t do McMinn Central much good in Friday’s TSSAA Class 3A quarterfinal playoff game against hard-charging Notre Dame. “We knew they were a good ball team from what we saw on film,” Chargers coach Josh Goodin said. “But the films didn’t do them justice. We couldn’t matchup with them.” It was obvious from the start. The third-ranked Irish ... (click for more)