Kiss a Lawyer, Kill Your Television
By Harrell Graham
So now where are we 40 years after the 60’s? Tired and retired, in a
world of giant corporations that transcend national boundaries, laws,
rules and regulations. The good news is this is still a country where you
can fight if you want to. You won’t be shot or killed (well, probably not).
You can organize a demonstration, publish whatever you like, or hire a lawyer and fight
just about anything. You might not win, but at least the rules allow
you to fight without much of a chance of getting killed. I’ve
lived in a semi-third world country and that experience sobered me up
as to how blessed we are to still have some pieces of paper called
the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United
States, and the Bill of Rights. Because many other countries don’t
have those and could care less about a trifling thing called
‘rights’, or ‘freedoms’.
The “Patriot Act”? My patriot act is the Bill of Rights.
After living in a country overseas with little rule of law I returned to
the United States firmly committed to never telling another ‘lawyer
joke’. Upon de-planing I first kissed the ground, then the
Constitution and then a lawyer. At least in the United States, a
lawyer represents the ‘rule of law’ which is–if you’ve never
experienced its absence–a holy thing. Of course lawyers can be a
force for ill, but they can also be a force for good.
I urge any of you readers to send
your kids to live a year in a second or third world country
where there is little rule of law. Those countries won’t be hard to
find because they are everywhere. Your kids will return from that
experience a true patriot, full of clear-eyed understanding of the
specialness of what the ‘rule of law’ means.
We need this kind of awareness. Our country is screwed up in many ways,
but at least we have a structure which allows healthy debate and
other avenues for change.
Too bad so many are still hooked up to their television sets and
mainlining the passivity created by sitting in front of the glowing
Kill Your Television !
you will find something wonderful happens: your life will change for the better. No more
TalkingHeadsShopping ChannelMurdersandMayhem andDisastersYouCan’t DoAnythingAbout
and FootballBasketballBaseballWith CBS and NBC and FOX hurling their logos at you in an
ElectronicScreenExplosionslogos once every minute.
Nature abhors a vacuum, so if you create a vacuum by canceling your cable
subscription you will be forced to get up and do something else.
(Or, watch a movie from Netflix—no commercials to brainwash you!)
And, think of the savings: $600 per year times 30 years is $20,000.
Posted by: Harrell Graham