By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
Three rants and a rave:
– Bill Bennett’s book, “The Death of Outrage,” needs another chapter. As reported in Tuesday’s Daily Journal, those music-industry insiders who decide who and what get nominated for Grammy Awards would have us believe that one of this year’s best songs is a rap offering titled “F___ You,” except that the “artist,” whose name will not be repeated here, leaves nothing out the 16 times he drops the F-bomb. That someone perverts the God-given freedom of speech to spew such filth and call it art does not cause me to despair, but I do find it discouraging that so many mindlessly crowd the parade route to applaud this emperor and his new clothes.
– More and more, the differences between Americans’ political views seem to boil down to this: Some believe that people have the right to use and distribute the fruits of their labor as they see fit and that government is entitled to tax them only as much as is necessary to conduct its constitutionally defined duties.
Others believe government’s role is to tax and borrow as much as it desires to carry out whatever roles it deems for itself, and whatever it doesn’t “need,” it lets people keep, at least until they die, at which point government is entitled to confiscate the majority of their belongings.
– On the other hand, there’s plenty of “Do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do” in the mix for us to clean up around our own doorsteps. Conservative Mississippi, as Bill Minor reminded Daily Journal readers on Thursday, has been the recipient of many a government-funneled local benefit. When you factor in such diverse spendings as tree-planting subsidies, uninsured medical treatments and college loans, few of us Constitution thumpers could say we have never dipped our faces into the public trough.
– Now, to leave the grousing zone and head toward Philippians 4:8 (“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”): Check out this video of a mall food court in which unsuspecting diners are caught up in a rave featuring Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus”: www.youtube.com/watch?v= SXh7JR9oKVE
When disturbed by the “F___ You” item and its ilk, it’s good to remember that “the kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our God and of His Christ.”
Contact Daily Journal Oxford Bureau reporter Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.