, Port Arthur, Texas

Letters to the Editor

March 20, 2011

Justices out of touch in protest decision

PORT ARTHUR — Wake up America! What country in a sound mind would allow a church group to picket anyone’s funeral, especially one of our fallen soldier’s final resting place? Easy to read large signs on their posters blame him for various sins of which he more than likely was not even guilty. Just imagine, if you will, the family’s grief in the burial of their solider son. He honorably served this country in our armed forces, was killed in battle and his body brought back in a flag draped casket to be supposedly honored by all of our fellow citizens to end up with a group of Americans condemning him.

Yes, it was only a small group this time, but what about other times as our soldiers continue to pay the supreme sacrifice, then have their final resting place picketed by radicals protected under the Constitutional Amendment of freedom of speech? This incident was brought before the Supreme Court and they actually approved it. I do not know about you, but those so called justices did not speak for me. Laws are made by human beings and can be changed if enough people desire it.

The Supreme Court Justices being appointed by the various presidents are usually old judges that should be retired and not even considered for the Supreme Court to interpret our existing laws. “Senile” is the expression I have heard for many years in referring to them. There is a lot of truth to that definition, since we allow them to serve into their 80’s and 90’s. Some of them have been so feeble physically that they needed help into their office. You be the judge of their mental capacity.

Dear old Abe Lincoln said this country was governed “of the people, by the people, for the people.” We learned that in our grammar school, but I still have doubts. For instance, a president can decide to go to war without asking the voters for their approval. That “by the people” stipulation was put in for some reason. Put an age limit on those justices and demand that they listen to “we the people.”

Getting back to the soldier’s funeral in Kansas, I am disappointed that the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans have not raised their voices in a loud protest of our honorable Supreme Court’s decision.

As a past commander of the local V.F.W. and a Legionnaire, I have participated in many military funerals for veterans of all wars, including the old vets of WWI, WWII and the younger ones of Korea and Vietnam. Now our younger soldiers are coming home for the honors they rightfully deserve as they are laid to rest, only to have the families disgraced by sign carriers sanctioned by their church. Surely, but surely, if “we the people” approve of this most recent Supreme Court decision, God help us.

David Williams

Port Arthur


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