No, we are not safe

By Ken Frederic | Jul 18, 2019

Summer has finally arrived along the Midcoast. That brings warm days, pleasant evenings on the deck, visits from grandchildren, gatherings with friends, and the pleasures of seasonal restaurants and entertainment venues. Of course, summer also brings annoyances: Our vicious mosquitoes and deer flies, "No Vacancy" signs, waiting lines in the best restaurants, and the perennial Wiscasset traffic jams. Summer brings out more folks who aren’t necessarily visitors and, apparently, are in a desperate rush to get someplace else and relax. But, failure to plan their time does not entitle them to treat other drivers and pedestrians as objects that clutter their right of way, and their behavior is intolerable.

Examples of intolerable behavior today are common, and they endanger our fundamental God-given and constitutionally recognized rights to “life, liberty and property.” When individual arrogance breeds behavior depriving others of their fundamental rights, we rely on our laws and our government to restore the victim and impose consequences on the offender. But government cannot restore a life, completely restore the victim’s liberty and property, or impose penalties on the offender proportional to the offense. The simple truth is, government cannot legislate, and courts cannot enforce, good behavior. We will not reverse the deterioration and division of America until parents return to teaching their children fundamental concepts of morality and ethics.

That is not happening, and more than ever before in my lifetime, there is no universal agreement on what is moral and ethical. Even the right to life is disputed in absurdly contorted arguments that avoid the moral question by detouring into “women’s health” or “woman’s right to choose.” Perhaps because our ability to restore the victim is so limited, some use "rehabilitative justice"’ as a pretext for reducing correctional facility budgets and staff while guaranteeing that more offenders are allowed the liberty to offend again.

It is profoundly disappointing, but not debilitating, that we have among us some who seek to profit financially or politically by denying the fundamental truths in our founding documents and their foundational Judeo-Christian concepts of morality. Good and evil are fundamental concepts: Disrespect of others, murder, adultery, theft and envy define evil and only the pathological or profoundly ignorant fail to acknowledge that. They are not worthy of our attention and they deserve no role in creating America’s future.

Despite our Judeo-Christian foundation, Americans have repeatedly embraced collective ideas. The failures of collectivism, whatever name is applied, are universal. Such regimes have always and everywhere failed and been destroyed, all too often after murdering tens of millions trying to sustain their power. North Korea, Venezuela, Cambodia, Somalia, Cuba, Russia and China are just a few examples of regimes surviving only through the political power that Mao told us comes from the muzzle of a gun.

We have a noisy, hateful, ignorant, violent, arrogant rabble clamoring for socialism here. They demand income equality (denounced in Matthew 20:1-15 by the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard), guaranteed sustenance despite contribution (denounced in Thessalonians 3:10), and reparations today from those who share nothing but race with others who, decades or centuries ago, allegedly wronged people who share nothing but race with those making the demands.

The very concept of generational (much less racial) reparations is, of course, utterly senseless and nobody speaking of it deserves attention, much less acknowledgment or affirmation. Most egregious of all are those who say America was never great, or that people today are poor or criminal or addicted because of institutional discrimination and “white privilege.” They are but the noisy gongs and clanging cymbals of 1 Corinthians 13:1. Their ideas are intellectually bankrupt. Their words are patently absurd and confirm their motives are purely selfish and corrupt.

“Why the biblical references” you legitimately ask? They come not from expertise or feigned piety. They come from history and the wisdom passed down to us from our ancient ancestors. It is arrogance to suppose we are wiser than they were, or even that we are more educated in, or knowledgeable of (two very different concepts), morals and ethics. The ideas denounced are plainly not original or new. They are failed notions, long ago rejected and they deserve nothing less today.

If we are to create a safe society and a viable country, it’s up to us search for workable solutions and stop applying fresh lipstick to malevolent and foolish ideas from antiquity.

Comments (15)
Posted by: Harold Bryson Mosher | Jul 20, 2019 05:57

Psalm 109:8

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jul 19, 2019 22:21

Take a break, folks, and go see the Peter, Paul and Mary reprise in Camden. Smile awhile; you might like it!

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jul 19, 2019 15:47

This is simply appalling.  This is our moron-in-chief, the apex of right-wing thought:



"When President Trump met human rights activist Nadia Murad, an Iraqi who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for speaking out about her agonizing torture and rape while in Islamic State captivity, he seemed unaware of her story and the plight of her Yazidi ethnic minority.


For several minutes in the Oval Office on Wednesday, Murad stood beside a seated Trump, who mostly avoided eye contact with Murad, and implored the president to help her community return to Iraq. She explained that the Islamic State, or ISIS, may be gone but that Iraqis and Kurds are now fighting for control over Yazidi lands.


“If I cannot go to my home and live in a safe place and get my dignity back, this is not about ISIS,” she said, her voice breaking. “It’s about I’m in danger. My people cannot go back.”


Murad, who now lives in Germany, told him she never wanted to be a refu­gee but that ISIS murdered her mother and six brothers.

“Where are they now?” Trump asked."


And that says it all doesn't it.

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Jul 19, 2019 10:36

So Ralph, If it's a "thoughtful piece", in your opinion, it's a good thing. If it's counterpoint to said “thoughtful piece” it’s trolling.
Ok, go it.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jul 19, 2019 10:10

And here's some words of wisdom for you too, Ralph, from one troll to another:



"Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke [reason with] thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him. Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the Lord." (Leviticus 19: 17-18)



“He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)



Posted by: RALPH WALLACE | Jul 19, 2019 09:51

Well done, Ken.  This could be the synopsis for a college seminar - that is for the few remaining colleges that aren't liberal hate institutions. Most of the negative responses to your thoughtful piece are from trolls who know other "theology" than TDS ranting. Well, at least you can take comfort in not getting hit with the ubiquitous sucker punch from the left that ends all their arguments: "You are a racist." Peace.

Posted by: Seth Thayer | Jul 19, 2019 08:23

And in the immortal words of your leader:  "If you don't like it you can leave!"

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Jul 19, 2019 07:49

Ken's piece also reads like dominionism.

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Jul 19, 2019 07:09

I think you are looking for this.

Matthew 6:5-6 New International Version (NIV)

5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Jul 19, 2019 07:03

Worth posting again.

Conservatives live and in fact thrive in fear. They are unable to live any other way. It is what fuels them and keeps them alive.

They are afraid of everything that is not them or what they perceive they are. They fear them, the other, change.

Posted by: Seth Thayer | Jul 19, 2019 06:25

From your April 9 hit piece:

“I don't care what you say anymore this is my life

Go ahead with your own life leave me alone

And you can speak your mind

But not on my time”


Please, in the future, practice what you preach.  I'm glad that you love your god, but respect that not all people love or even believe in your god and since we are a nation of civil laws, your god has no place in the laws the govern the population of our country.  They may govern your life, so why not just leave it at that?  Why not keep your relationship with your god private?  You and your fellow Christians created places of worship where you can go and....well....worship, in private.  Why not keep your worship confined to your home and your place of worship and let the rest of us lead our lives, free of your Christianist rhetoric.

Posted by: MARY JEAN CROWE | Jul 18, 2019 20:54

Week after week the "group of concerned citizens who meet regularly" publish columns filled with name-calling, prejudice and hypocrisy.  Quoting from this article, "We have a noisy, hateful, ignorant violent, arrogant, rabble clamoring . . . " lead with relish, I might add, by the reprehensible bully in the White House.  You must be so proud of your president, Mr. Frederic - he is such a paragon of virtue.

I am appalled weekly by the hate spewed in this column, and this week, I have not been able to remain silent.  So have at it, "Another View." I imagine you have your sticks and stones in the ready position, as always.

“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.” – Frank Zappa

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jul 18, 2019 17:46

So glad to have faith in a God much more concerned with how I treat my neighbor than my theological  position.  Our youth are interested in our example, not our pontification.  

"Love one another as I have loved you."  seems pretty straightforward to me; and it is FUN or I probably wouldn't continue to do it.   Try it, you might like it. ;)  My God/Allah/Yaweh loved me when there wasn't much there to love. That is what turned my life around and gives me hope for everyone else.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jul 18, 2019 17:21

My God what a fool's rant.  Seriously, Ken, you've outdone yourself in hypocrisy this time.  The only question is, why am I surprised.  Shall we take a few points one at a time.


"Examples of intolerable behavior today are common." Oh right, and who's behavior is the most intolerable?  I think you know.  The only difference is that since you support the vulgar bore and pathological liar in the white house you're only too glad to tolerate him.  Naturally I think otherwise.


“life, liberty and property?” Don't you mean "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?"  I get your point, though.  Material things mean so much to conservatives that they value them over human life.  Anything that can't be traded, sold, or commodified into cash just isn't important to the right wing.


"We will not reverse the deterioration and division of America until parents return to teaching their children fundamental concepts of morality and ethics." And don't we rely on our leaders for righteous examples, Ken?  Perhaps you can tell us all just how is trump doing that?  How does a serial liar, braggart, renowned business cheat, litiginous bully, blowhard racist,and fornicator and sexual predator teach "morality and ethics?"  What do conservative parents tell their children when trump disgraces himself and our country by indulging in his multiple scandals?  Really, inquiring minds want to know.


"right to life is disputed in absurdly contorted arguments that avoid the moral question." Really, here's a tricky one.  How does the right to life party square it's atrocious treatment of immigrant children?  Or of selling arms to a country we know is bombing women and children?  Of course we know.  You simply deny it, like you do with every other moral failure of your party.  Like Pence you simply avert your eyes and pretend not to see the horror before you.  Up is down.  Black is white.  trump is a Christian.  There's nothing you can't ignore, twist out of reality, or blot from your memory.  That's quite a trick.  Orwell put it well, I think.



"The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them."


"Good and evil are fundamental concepts: Disrespect of others, murder, adultery, theft and envy define evil and only the pathological or profoundly ignorant fail to acknowledge that." You do realize, Ken, that you're talking about the Republican party here.  But then again, you can't see it because in your twisted world everything is reversed.  Right.  See previous paragraph.


"The failures of collectivism, whatever name is applied, are universal." Boy, those blinders of yours cancel out everything, don't they.  All of Scandinavia must disagree with you, Ken.  Most of the modern world has universal health care, all but the US.  In fact, the "social democracies" are the most successful  "collective" societies on earth and they've never had to murder anyone to do it.  Their people are the happiest on record (though you did leave out "happiness" in your quote.  I think I know why.)  I noticed that you conveniently left them out of your screed, though.  How small a world you must inhabit.


"We have a noisy, hateful, ignorant, violent, arrogant rabble clamoring." Right...  for trump and for the triumph of hatred.  Have you seen his last "rally?"  Could the third Reich have pulled it off any better.  I think the key word here is "hateful."  Hate is the driving force in trump's America.  One doesn't have to dig very hard to see it seeping up through just about anything you write as well, Ken.


"Their words are patently absurd and confirm their motives are purely selfish and corrupt." Again, anyone with an open mind must see trump in this quote.  His blundering lies (airports during the Revolutionary War?) and obvious mindless blatherings are a thin cover for a self-serving administration now filled with people of the same low moral fiber as himself.  What did he tell his friends in Florida after the notorious tax cuts;  "I just made you all a lot richer."  "Selfish and corrupt?"  Absolutely.


"Why the biblical references?” Why to shore up an argument that has no basis in reality but only to project conservative sins onto the opposition.  Anyone can do it, Ken.  Watch:

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!" -Timothy 3:1-5New King James Version


Is there a better description of trump anywhere, Ken?  Or how about this one:


“I, the Lord, command you to do what is just and right. Protect the person who is being cheated from the one who is cheating him. Do not ill-treat or oppress foreigners, orphans, or widows; and do not kill innocent people in this holy place.“ -Jeremiah 22:3


Kind of calls into question your support of trump, doesn't it, Ken?  Or will you just pretend it doesn't exist?  Some socialist monk must have snuck that into scripture during the middle ages, I'll bet.  You know how "moral" those real Christians can be.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jul 18, 2019 14:45

WOW! There is a lot to this article that needs to be re-read and contemplated. One theme hit home. Having not the option to stay home but to work while my children were at school and had a few hours alone, doing chores, to wait for me. My children are college educated as professionals. It did no harm to them, however it filled me with guilt not being there for them at that such short time. Good article as usual David. Gives one food for thought.

Mary "Mickey' (Brown) McKeever +:)

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