Things That Frustrate Me That I Cannot Effect

The 109th Congress did nothing good. They failed to overhaul Social Security, immigration and lobbying laws. They also worked three-day weeks and took lots of time off.

Airport screenings are completely ineffective against preventing airplane-based terrorism, yet they are still performed and people are still complacent.

The Bush Administration believes they need to take away many of my rights in the name of preventing terrorism.

Seattle wants more money for a failing public school system that clearly doesn’t work.

Society does not realize that the words “separation of church and state” do not appear anywhere in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or any of the other Amendments. The actual wording is “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”. (Bonus points if you know where “separation of church and state” comes from.)

That’s it, for now.

4 Replies to “Things That Frustrate Me That I Cannot Effect”

  1. Hey Andrew,
    Can’t agree more… Congress has allowed the current administration to take away many rights in an effort to appear more secure. There’s a name for that: Security Theater. Rather annoying and un-American, in my opinion. I suppose in some ways it is a “drug” to calm the masses. It makes them feel safer flying on airplanes when people are scanning them as the walk through security, and when they can’t bring liquids on planes. Safer? Not really. Stupid and a waste of time? Most likely. Unconstitutional? Pretty definitely.

    Also, I agree with your rant about “separation of church and state”. If I recall correctly, those actual words are from a letter from Thomas Jefferson to a friend (actually, my recollection was wrong, according to Wikipedia. They are not enshrined in our constitution as some in our society believe. Again, the constitution forbids the creation of a state church, as the one created in England.

    Out of curiosity, was there a specific point in your rant about “separation of church and state”? Or just a general dissatisfaction?

    Thanks for an interesting post.

  2. My rant on “separation of church and state” was somewhat tied to Seattle Public Schools. In short, I’m all for school vouchers. But I know the instant they’re adopted, there’s going to be this mass out cry of, “Don’t use my taxpayer money to send some kid to a religious school. I don’t want my money being spend on religion!”
    I’ll ask, “Why not?”
    And they’ll respond (you guessed it), “Separation of church and state.”
    At which point, I’ll need to do a little educating.

    I think my general frustration is the ignorance of people in America. I know I’m guilty of it too, but I wish everyone could just be a little less ignorant.

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