Jewish World Review July 10, 2014 / 12 Tammuz, 5774
Chicago: A town that won't let you down?
By Cal Thomas
What would the great civil rights leaders of the past think of their youth today?
Did they sacrifice their time, liberty and, in some cases, their lives so that those who came after them could murder each other in the streets? Would they tell them they should be ashamed? Do these depraved killers even know the meaning of shame?
Consider some of their words, which are more profound than those of a
"He who lives outside the law is a slave. The free man is the man who lives within the law, whether that law be the physical or the divine." --
"I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves." --
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men." -- Dr.
"A little less complaint and whining, and a little more dogged work and manly striving, would do us more credit than a thousand civil rights bills." --
In each of these quotes there is an appeal to something beyond politics, government and programs. It is an appeal to the spirit, the part in each of us that instructs, motivates and controls.
There may be no answer for this generation of angry, violent youth, but there may be an answer for younger children. It begins with school choice so children in failing schools can get the kind of education that is their only ticket out of poverty. Putting men back in their families where they would be married to the mothers of their children would also produce positive cultural benefits, but that is an area where government has less influence than the church.
The fault for this lies in many places. The solution is not external, but internal. No one can respect another person's life and property until he respects himself. And that respect comes only through a spiritual awakening, which no politician has the power to create.
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