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Deadbeat Patriots

Added: Thursday, April 24th 2008 at 12:13pm by robertflynn
Related Tags: legal, politics


I read in the paper about “deadbeat parents” who want the intimacy, companionship, sharing of duties, the solace of family without the responsibility.  I hear in church about “deadbeat Christians” who want the community, communion, consolation of church without its obligations. I never hear about “deadbeat patriots” who want the rights and privileges of citizenship but believe duty is a dirty word. 


“Deadbeat patriots” wear flags made in China on their lapel, buy gas from countries that support terrorism, and approve any war as long as they and theirs don’t have to to risk death, physical, mental injury, or criminal charges for it. They support dropping bombs on women and children, kicking in doors, invading homes, imprisoning and torturing civilians to give them democracy as long as the cost in blood, treasure and conscience is paid by others.


Clever politicians have learned that they can legally bribe freeloaders by promising them tax cuts. Let someone else pay for it, they say. So far someone else always has.  And some of those are caught in stop-loss hell because others think buying a yellow ribbon is all the support troops need.


Other than those caught in stop-loss he only person forced to serve in Bush’s war of terror is Jesus Christ. That’s surprising as Jesus said “Love your enemy” and “do good to those who hate you.” It’s also surprising that some Christians, and some Christian leaders, oppose paying taxes although both Jesus and the Apostle Paul said believers were to do so. They reject Jesus’ teaching on taxes as steadfastly as they do his admonitions regarding praying in public to be seen, giving charity for reward, that his followers are those who feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick, seek justice for those in jail, that you can’t serve God and Mammon. They know what Jesus said. They just prefer Mammon. 


They love their country too much to leave it as long as someone else pays the price for freedom and for the casualties of freedom. But they could have the decency not to wave the cross when they reject what their Lord said. And in the name of honesty, they could stop waving the flag and saying they support the troops when they hide behind them.



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