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DECEMBER 1, 2004


Column

By: Frank Gillispie
The Banks County News
December 1, 2004

The left is trying to destroy culture of self determination
The first rule of problem solving is to define the problem. The problem is an effort by a small socio-political group to drive Christianity out of our public life. We need to know why they are doing this and what we can do about it.
I am not a sociologist. I have no solid basis for my opinion on this subject. But I do have an opinion. You are about to hear it.
The first two waves of settlement from Britain held totally different ideas of society. They came from totally different backgrounds. The first to arrive in Virginia were basically rural farmers. They were tolerant of all religions but not necessarily religious themselves. They established farms to grow corn, cotton and other valuable crops. The so-called pilgrims arrived later at Plymouth Rock were from the English cities and came with the purpose of establishing a government based on a strict doctrine. They seemed to think they had some kind of God-given-right to dictate doctrine to all other peoples.
As time passed, the religious North lost their religious intensity, but kept their desire to dominate the nation. The Southerners embraced religion, but kept their tolerance of all religious teachings.
In order to dominate the economy of this nation, the Northern states engaged in shipping and manufacture. To finance their drive for economic dominance, they entered the slave trade, importing slaves from Africa and selling them to the Southern plantations. They then gained control of the federal government and used it to divert most taxes to the South, thus exploiting slave labor by this imbalanced tax system. Finally, they pressured the Southern states to rebel, giving them an excuse to subject Southern people to a military dictatorship.
Well, the pendulum always swings the other way. Today, the God-fearing, independent, self-contained philosophy of rural America, anchored in the South, is once again escaping their control. The nation has rejected the big government based social control of the Northeast and is rapidly reasserting its God-given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Their response? They have decided that if they cannot win at the polls, they will do everything they can to destroy our culture of self determination. They choose to start by forcing God out of public life.
They are trying to create a society that views government as the giver of rights, not God. That way, they can continue to expand the power of government, thus denying us our individual rights.
The last election solidly rejected the godless big government program of the radical left. Now we must use that victory to regain control over the government, including the court system and reduce government back to its constitutional limits.
The rights of state governments must be reinstated so that each state can set its own rules. That way the people of each state can determine for themselves the amount of government interference they want in their lives, and move to another state if they disagree with that state’s majority.
Meanwhile, the people of America should rise up in mass to stop the abuse of our institutions, symbols and holidays by the godless attackers. They are not required to accept our beliefs, but they have no right to deny those beliefs to the rest of us.
Frank Gillispie is founder of The Madison County Journal. His e-mail address is frankgillispie@charter.net. His website can be accessed at http://frankgillispie.tripod.com/gillispie/

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By: Angela Gary
The Banks County News
December 1, 2004

Don’t get a little one to help wrap gifts
It’s not a good idea to get a little one to help you wrap presents. That is, not unless you want everyone to know exactly what you got them.
My sister laughingly told me that my nephew told his dad, “I wrapped you two pair of blue jeans.” I guess my brother-in-law knows what he’ll be getting for Christmas from me.
I was surprised that Jake remembered what we had for his dad. He “helped” me wrap around 20 presents. I told him who each one is for as I filled out the name tag. I hoped he wouldn’t remember who the others were for and didn’t worry too much.
A few days later, Jake, my mother and I were sitting on the couch in my living room when Jake said, “Let’s go look at Nanny’s boots.” Guess what I got my mother for Christmas? Yes, she now knows about the cute black boots she will be opening on Christmas Eve.
Wrapping gifts and even decorating have become routine. They are things that you dread doing and even put off until the last minute. They take on a whole new level of fun when you do them with a little one. I couldn’t wrap presents fast enough to satisfy Jake.
Decorating was also an adventure. He loved putting ornaments on the tree. I had to laugh as he lined them all up in a row instead of spreading them all over the tree. I don’t care what anyone says. It’s our prettiest tree ever.
Jake also wanted to keep decorating long after I was finished. He found two baskets I had filled with colorful balls and quickly hung the ornaments on the tree. I had planned to keep them in the basket for a colorful decoration for a table. I guess not. Instead, we have mismatched ornaments stuck in odd places on our tree. Like I said, it’s our prettiest tree ever.
I also took my annual Christmas card photo over the weekend. For more than 10 years, my cute cat Quincy has been the star of the card. He now has to share honors with Jake. I had a great idea for a pose, but I’m afraid I’m going to be disappointed with the results.
I had Jake, dressed in his Santa suit, sitting in his new John Deere battery-operated truck. I had a holiday wreath on front of the truck and a pile of gifts in the back. This was cute and I snapped a few photos before going inside the house to get Quincy.
Now Quincy is an indoor cat and gets a little excited when he gets a whiff of the outdoors. I had warned Jake and told him to hold Quincy down while looking at the camera and smiling. I’m sure I’ll have a roll of photos of Jake looking down yelling at Quincy to sit still with my adorable cat with his legs sticking out in all directions as he tries to escape.
Mom said I may have to just use the photos of Jake by himself, but I can’t do that to Quincy. He is still mad about me adding Jake to the Christmas card pose. I can’t imagine what he would do if I took him out of it all together!
We are all enjoying all of the traditions that make Christmas a special time of year. Please take the time to enjoy these “routine” things as you celebrate this special time of year.
Angela Gary is editor of The Banks County News and associate editor of The Jackson Herald. She can be reached at AngieEditor@aol.com.




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