Upon taking office in the US, elected officials must swear or affirm that they will "support and defend the Constitution." It's too bad we don't have more representatives honoring their vows; enforcing the laws of our land, and protecting the rights guaranteed to all American citizens. It seems, currently, that many representatives are beholden to special interest groups, to those who give them sizable monetary support. Some are given to ideology, or to the advancing of political power for themselves and their party, instead of what is best for all Americans. Anyone who opposes them is labeled a racist. I believe the real racists are those focusing on color to promote their agendas.

All citizens of our country, regardless of color, or their roots, are Americans and should be encouraged to be color blind. They should strive to follow Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream that we "will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

The moral fabric of our society is in shreds. A good education is important, but it alone will not mend that “fabric” and produce character. Faith based instruction in our Judeo-Christian ethic is a very necessary thread in building character. Immorality, lawlessness, and anarchy are the consequences when that thread is removed. If we citizens want to enjoy the liberties and freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution, the mend requires both threads, education and morality. “In God we trust”

Paul A. Dewhirst Jr.

Roseburg

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dejadoodoo

Paul, I’m going to guess that The News Review messed up the headline to your letter, because “When will we judge by the content of our character?” has little to do with MLK’s words or much of anything else in your letter. I confess to getting a little excited when I saw that headline, because I thought it was going to be something to chew on – to think about – instead your letter is about…what? In God We Trust?

mworden

I don't understand how people can talk about Constitutional protections in one breath and then in the next breath demand we have faith-based Judeo-Christian moral instruction as part of a good education. Nobody is stopping you from providing faith-based instruction at home to your own kids. Don't come near me or my kids with a demand that says I can't be moral without your particular belief system foisted on me.

If you really cared about the Constitutional rights of ALL Americans, you'd know that.

And the racist thing ... who's calling you a racist? And why? Several people have mentioned that out of the clear blue sky when no one has called them a racist. Are you identifying with voter suppression laws or do you think it's fine for a police officer to kneel on a man's neck for 9 minutes, but it's not okay for a quarterback to kneel in respectful protest of the 9 minutes on the neck? I'm going to show my age here, but you all sound like Richard Nixon saying, "I am not a crook."

NJ

Everyone is entitled to their own belief system. In fact, it happens naturally. 300 people could sit shoulder to shoulder together on worship day yet each one has their own unique to them belief system. There are many forms of a Higher Power but each individual decides their character, morality, and lawfulness. It occurs in those who also believe they don't need the promise of heaven to see the merit of doing good deeds. It's up to each individual to determine where and how they build their belief system. For some it's occurred without any book written by men who believe they know what the higher power expects. And for some it's absolutely necessary to be taught. To each their own because we do all live on this orb together.

Wretched722

Good one - you're absolutely correct.

dejadoodoo

Correct about what?

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