As a former star scout in Boy Scout Troop No. 238, even with the many years that have passed since, I was appalled at the message that President Trump espoused to the scouts that attended the National Boy Scout Jamboree.
The Boy Scout Jamboree should never have been used for a political rally. Scouts are taught, as we were, to take our oath, slogan, and 12-point law, seriously. Due to the manner in which those young scouts reacted to the president’s disturbing message, they are in need of learning during overnight hikes.
To incite scouts to “boo” former presidents is in direct opposition to the teachings and creed of the Boy Scouts of America.
How long will the conservative evangelical Christians allow this man to drag the teachings of Christ through the mud as he plays Russian roulette with the health care of American citizens? Do they not understand that the Affordable Health Care Act is the law of the land and was named “Obamacare” by someone other than Obama?
Americans, who need the Affordable Health Care Act, don’t care about the name.
We, center left Democrats and many center right Republicans, who respect each other’s views, did not always agree with President Obama’s social issues. However, both groups did have the opportunity to speak out against the views, without fear of reprisal. We all know and understand the teachings of Christ. We also know when the governmental majority attempt to use the teachings of Christ as a way to implement their ungodly principles.
Our state politics seem to be emulating the national political stance on every level; and from my perspective, most especially the closures of school districts in the state. This action by the state officials has put tremendous pressure on our own Texas City Independent School District. There are some residents of Texas City who feel that the former La Marque Independent School District has become a burden on them. To be unequivocally factual, TCISD’s administration had a choice before the annexation occurred. They chose to believe that the “action” was going to bring them $75 million dollars over five years by the state of Texas.
We are now a part of TCISD and share in their problems. The new superintendent must deal with some of the statements that he made, which have followed him here. We are willing to work with him, as we trust and verify. We will not look for favors, only fairness. We will work for a smooth transition, and we will not stand by and listen to negative, degrading talk about our former district.
Unlike our state and national office holders, Republicans and Democrats have come together for our community. The West End Community Organization is working with our local law enforcement agencies as they work with their minority communities. We have organized activities aimed at encouraging our youth. Police chiefs Robert Burby and Kirk Jackson are engaging with the community to sustain and uplift its citizens. Let’s get busy. Talk is cheap.