Dave Richards' Weekly Column in The Woonsocket Call

Dave Richards for June 30th…………

--One thing I disliked about growing up during the 1960s and 1970s was all the social turmoil that existed at that time. The bad news for me is that the cycle has come back around again here in the mid-teens. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, it seems to cycle around again every 50 years or so, give or take a few years. If you look back in the history books and compare the dates of great social change you see this.

The stress comes from push-back and controversy generated by rapid social changes. Nationally mandated healthcare insurance, the movement to legalize undocumented aliens living in our country illegally, legalizing marijuana, measures protecting ourselves from the rise of domestic terrorism, and now same sex marriages are legal throughout the land.

Like so many “final” victories, the U.S. Supreme Court’s “final” decisions, which are un-appealable, are seldom really final, it seems. Like the parties to horrible wars, both sides in these social conflicts continue to hold grudges and to fight long after the final decision. Do you remember the Supreme Court decision about abortion more than 30 years ago? All that decision truly did was to define who was breaking the law or not, but it never really settled what was right or wrong and the matter continues to divide us today. I think this continuing disagreement is a shame, even if I didn’t agree with the ‘final’ decision.

So now the federal government will tell all the states, cities, and towns that it doesn’t matter what they think, they will pay no attention to the sex of two people who wish to marry. Already there are those who are planning to refuse to go along with this un-appealable final decision. I read the Attorney General of the great state of Texas is telling all the clerks and justices of the peace in his state that they need not perform their duties with same sex couples if doing so would violate their religious beliefs. He also tells them they will likely be sued if they refuse, but that they should know that if they are sued, they will have the support of his office and many other Texans. This kind of moral support is not going to help the town clerk who loses their house because they refused a marriage license, I think.

You can disagree. You can fight it if you wish. But you cannot stop this kind of social change, regardless of how you think it will destroy the world, I am sure of it. I’ve seen so many try and fail. And if you are one of those who thinks you can do it, well, God bless you. But if you’d like to save yourself a lot of heartache and frustration, take my advice, friend. Give up. Quit while you are still ahead. Move On.

You may do better to consider how you fit in to this brave new world of change. You remember the quote, don’t you? “Grant me the courage to change what I can, the strength to accept what I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference”.

And while we’re being reflective, consider, too, the words of the original defendant in this landmark case. Ohio Governor John Kasick, who refused to see a same-sex couple married in Cincinnati, is now a potential Republican nominee for President. He appeared on CBS-TV’s “Face the Nation” program last Sunday urging others in his party not to get hung up on the ruling. He said that while he supports traditional marriage, there are more pressing issues facing the country today and we should work together on a battle we can win. He should know. The couple he refused to help years ago not only got in a car, drove to Maryland, and were married there, but the whole thing went to the Supreme Court and the decision will now change the local laws across the entire country.

That’s what I call losing an argument.

--That's what I think. What do you think? Comments to: dave@onworldwide.com or postal mail to Dave Richards, WOON Radio, 985 Park Avenue, Woonsocket, RI 02895-6332.

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