Have No Fear

olddeskby Anniel12/9/16
Yesterday our grandson Gavin, who is now 10, came over with his dad. He was reading to me from a new book. I complimented him on his improved reading skills and he said, “Yes, but I still have trouble with the words that have lots of cylinders.”

I tried hard not to laugh as I corrected the word. The truth is, I have trouble if the words are over six cylinders myself.

I don’t understand why, but for the first time in weeks his words gave me hope for the American family, and I went to bed still chuckling. I kept thinking about the goodness of children and how some kids manage to keep their innocence and joy a little longer than others. To them losing a tooth is more exciting than “Saving the Planet.”

It seems that children go to school now and get more Sex Ed than they do reading, writing and arithmetic. One big objection I have to the public schools is how children are taught lies and never any critical thinking skills. The curricula currently in vogue is designed to frighten children and push socialism and global warming. Add Social Justice, political correctness, feminism, self esteem, gender confusion, a trophy on every shelf, and it’s no wonder we’ve raised snowflakes afraid of life itself. Children become prey for the power hungry monsters they’ve never learned to recognize.

Thanks to Michelle Obama the poor dears are also half starved.

Think back on your own childhood. What were your circumstances? Rich, poor? What did you know with certainty you would have to do when you grew up? Graduate from High School then find a job. Maybe college. Leave your parent’s home and become an adult. Were you ever afraid you could not succeed? Did your family help you learn every needful thing? Were you allowed to be happy? At home? At school?

I have come to believe that most schooling today is totally different from my experience. My elementary School was named after Abraham Lincoln. My mother had attended the same school, and it was and is perfectly adequate and the basic brick building is still in use today. No frills, a classroom with a chalk and cork board, and what we called a cloak room, which also had shelves for storing lunch sacks and boots. We mostly ate lunch at our desks. We didn’t get a hot lunch program until I was in 5th Grade, and then we had to take turns serving the food and help clean up after. We had to wear hair nets for lunch duty, even the boys. We knew why we wore them.

Girls wore dresses, boys wore denim trousers that their mothers had actually ironed. The also wore white undershirts and outer buttoned shirts, tucked in. Some mothers were said to have sewn lace on shirt bottoms to make sure they remained tucked in.

Most classes had at least 30 students, and some had many more. The principal could paddle an unruly student. We started the day with the Lord’s Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Each classroom had the U.S. Flag and the State Flag near the teacher’s desk. We had homework.

All assemblies and other school events began with prayer and a patriotic song. I think even PTA meetings did the same. Teachers kept large bibles on their desks and taught from the scriptures on occasion. The now maligned Ten Commandments were prominently displayed, as were the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address. We loved John Hancock and his audacious signature on the Declaration. When adults signed legal papers they would say: “Put your John Hancock right here.”

We had one recess at noon, and a shorter one about an hour before school ended. In autumn and spring we went outside and played softball, or used the tricky bars and monkey rings. We had slides, hopscotch areas and jump rope and other areas for playing jacks. Every boy had a pocket knife and played mumblety peg. We played Red Rover, Mother May I, Dodge Ball, Crack the Whip, and had rope pulling contests called “Tug of War.” An all girl side sometimes won. We appointed a student as a referee for whatever the whole school did.

During winter we had a small gym where we climbed ropes, shot baskets and generally had fun and played hard. We also singly jumped rope indoors.

We were taught the basics, read aloud in groups, had class and school spelling bees, read and wrote poetry and essays, went on field trips, and had art and music once a week. Most of my teachers played the piano.

Some kids were bullies until another kid whopped them. No one got expelled for fighting, although they might make a trip to the principal’s office if they were an older student picking on a younger one. My mother was always a Room Mother for one of us so she was continually aware of what we were learning and how we were behaving. Oh, the Book Mobile came every week since we had no main library.

There are other things I remember well: winding the Maypole, I loved watching the colors braid; learning line dancing like Virginia Reels; folk and square dancing; singing Stephen Foster songs from the Civil War Era, learning Negro Spirituals. Two of my favorite songs to this day are “Tenting Tonight” and “Old Black Joe.” We sang “God Bless America,” “America the Beautiful,” and the National Anthem, all verses.

My 6th Grade Teacher became my good friend for as long as she lived. I owed her so much.

We did all of these things while WWII was raging. No one shielded us from anything. We bought War Bonds at school, paying installments of 25 cents a week until our stamp books were full and turned in. The next week we got our bond to take home. Our friends lost brothers, uncles and fathers in the war. We wrote letters to servicemen from our town. In the older grades we studied the battles being fought. Gasoline and some foods were rationed. In cities blackouts were in effect.

We had hard work to do at home. Polio, and other epidemics of childhood illnesses took their toll on us, our friends and neighbors. Were we fearful while life was going on around us? I don’t recall that we were. Life was what it was. We were reared to be more tough and resilient then.

I thought as I chuckled about my grandson, that cylinders by themselves are inert and empty. Until they are loaded they hurt no one. The progressives, the SJW’s and the MSM load calibers of lies and hate into their cylinders and use them for harm. The words are aimed at the glorious Founders, the Constitution and shot like Gatling guns at those who love our country. The words they use are not simple and true, not even real words anymore. We are automatically maligned as racist, privileged, and other things that end with “phobic, phobic, phobic.” We are guilty of them all. Just say them and they are assumed to be true.

If we or our parents spoke ill of someone, it was because we knew our words were the Truth. If we didn’t learn beautiful non-PC cylinder words when we were young, we need to learn true ones today, even if the words are only one or two cylinders. Use six or seven cylinder words if they stress a good point. Use truth without fear so our friends and relatives know what we think. Learn to be brave again.

Clear the air in public discourse. How else can our children and our children’s children through the coming generations learn the Truth that will make them free?

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19 Responses to Have No Fear

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    As an Army brat, I went to 6 schools from 1st to 9th grades, after which my father was dead and my mother moved to Louisville. The only school name I remember (many probably had none) was for the 1st grade in Galveston, Texas; it was named for William Barrett Travis, commander of the Alamo.

    Nor do I remember many teachers’ names from that period (a few from 9th grade, at Fort Campbell High School). The only one I really regret not remembering, oddly enough, was also my 6th grade teacher, who influenced more than anyone before I came to Louisville, especially by her enthusiastic teaching of the Greek myths, which is where my real love of the classical Greek culture sprang from. She also had a play version of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” in which I played a role as one of the swindlers (“Trink and Dooley, the weavers of Oom”, as we were announced to the Emperor at the beginning; I was Trink).

  2. Glenn Fairman says:

    It is no small feat in being eloquent, contemporary, and nostalgic in one fell swoop. That was wonderful.

  3. Lucia says:

    I was reflecting just yesterday that in the 1980s our daughter wrote an essay in middle school defending her pro-life stance and her teacher not only ridiculed her viewpoint in front of the class but gave her paper a failing grade, saying it wasn’t well thought out and failed to make it’s point. A teacher also told her class that religious parents might be well meaning, but they tended to be mentally ill and didn’t know what was good for their children.

    One day our daughter brought home a packet about school curriculum and slipped into the center was a page stating that homosexuality was an acceptable alternative lifestyle. I complained to the school district and they thanked me, expressed surprise to find that page there, and said I was the only parent in the whole county to complain.

    In the 1950s and 60s, when I went to school, parents would have pressured the school district to fire those teachers, although 30 years later they were considered social pioneers. Just 4 years after that teacher’s attack on our daughters moral stance, our daughter had a secret abortion which has scarred her all her life, proving the premise to her school essay. If I were raising children today, I would either be closely involved with their school, if allowed, or home school them. I regret not making a big ruckus with the school when these activists were first infiltrating our school.

    • Anniel says:


      How very sad for your daughter. But parents probably are always the last to know fully what goes on. My kids still tell me shocking things teachers have told them.

      I can well believe that a teacher would tell a class religious parents are mentally ill.

  4. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Although I went to school some years after you, it sounds as if our experience was similar.

    Much changed after that despicable woman, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, won her lawsuit and helped force Christianity out of schools.

    In third or fourth grade I gave a talk on the life of Christ to my classmates. Our teacher had brought in several large pictures (about 8 x 5 feet) depicting parts of the Gospel, and I went from picture to picture recounting the story behind each.

    The next year, that was no longer possible.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I believe that was the early 60s, and we were in Greece (where I spent my late grade school years). Before then I was in the 3rd grade (in Alexandria, Virginia); after we came back, I was in the 8th grade (in Fort Campbell, Kentucky). I don’t recall any significant amount of religious content — except, of course, for the 2 years I was in a Catholic school in Greece.

    • Anniel says:

      Ah, yes, Madalyn Murray O’Hare, probably one of the most hated women in the nation. Didn’t her own son turn against her when he was grown and become a Christian? I think I remember that.

      • Glenn Fairman says:

        From Wiki: On August 27, 1995, O’Hair, her son Jon, and granddaughter Robin suddenly disappeared.[4] The door to the office of American Atheists was locked with a typewritten note attached (apparently with Jon’s signature), stating, “The Murray O’Hair family has been called out of town on an emergency basis. We do not know how long we will be gone at the time of the writing of this memo.” When O’Hair’s home was entered, breakfast dishes were sitting on the table;[4] her diabetes medication was on the kitchen counter, and her dogs had been left behind without a caregiver.[14] In phone calls a few days later, the trio claimed that they were on “business” in San Antonio, Texas.[4] A few days later, Jon ordered $600,000 worth of gold coins from a San Antonio jeweler but took delivery of only $500,000 worth of coins.[27]

        Until September 27, American Atheists employees received several phone calls from Robin and Jon, but neither would explain why they left or when they would return; while they said nothing was amiss, their voices sounded strained and disturbed.[4] After September 28, no further communication came from any of the O’Hairs.

        Investigation and arrests[edit]

        Ultimately, the murder investigation focused on David Roland Waters, who had worked as a typesetter for American Atheists. Not only did Waters have previous convictions for violent crimes, there were also several suspicious burglaries during his tenure, and he had pleaded guilty earlier in 1995 to stealing $54,000 from American Atheists.[28] Shortly after his theft of the $54,000 was discovered, O’Hair had written a scathing article in the ‘Members Only’ section of the American Atheists newsletter exposing Waters, the theft and Waters’ previous crimes, including a 1977 incident in which Waters allegedly beat and urinated upon his mother.[14] O’Hair also reported on his murder of another teenager at the age of 17, meaning that Waters was already a convicted felon. This in conjunction with his public use of firearms was enough to sentence Waters to prison for eight years before he could kill again.[14][28] Waters’ girlfriend later testified that he was enraged by O’Hair’s article, and that he fantasized about torturing her in gruesome ways and snipping off her toes.[28] Federal agents for the FBI and the IRS along with the police concluded that Waters and his accomplices had kidnapped all three O’Hairs, forced them to withdraw the missing funds, gone on several huge shopping sprees with the O’Hairs’ money and credit cards, and then murdered and dismembered all three people.[29] Waters’ accomplices included Gary Paul Karr and Danny Fry.[29] A few days after the O’Hairs were killed, Fry was murdered by Waters and Karr. What turned out to be Fry’s body was found on a riverbed with head and hands missing, and remained unidentified for three and a half years.[29]

        In January 2001, after his conviction and imprisonment, Waters informed the federal agents that the O’Hairs were buried on a Texas ranch, and he subsequently led them to the bodies.[14][27] When law enforcement excavated there, they discovered that the O’Hairs’ bodies had their legs dismembered with a saw. The remains exhibited such extensive mutilation and successive decomposition that identification had to be made through dental records, by DNA testing and, in Madalyn O’Hair’s case, records of a prosthetic hip from Brackenridge Hospital in Austin and the product number identified her body.[30] The head and hands of Danny Fry were also found at the site. The gold coins extorted from the O’Hairs were put in an unsecured storage locker rented by Waters’ girlfriend which was locked with a cheap master lock.[14] Waters had taken out a small number of coins and proceeded to party with his girlfriend for a few days with Gary Karr and his former wife, but upon his return to the locker he discovered that the remaining Gold (American eagles, Maple Leafs and Krugerrands) had been stolen. A group of thieves from San Antonio, TX operating in that area had a master key to the type of lock that the girlfriend purchased to secure the locker. In the course of their activities, the thieves came across the locker, used the master key to open it, and found a suitcase full of gold coins. They returned to San Antonio, TX and with the help of friends converted the gold coins to cash. For the efforts of the friends they were all taken to Las Vegas, NV for a weekend. The money was eventually all spent but one coin that was given as a pendant gift to an aunt. The coin was recovered by the FBI after a Memorial Day 1999 public appeal.[14]

        A search warrant was executed on the apartment of David Waters and his girlfriend. The apartment was across the street from the Headquarters of the Department of Public Safety. The search produced various caliber ammunition and Waters, a convicted felon, was arrested and the contents of his apartment were searched and seized. At the same time, Gary Karr was contacted in Walled Lake Michigan and interviewed. As a hardened criminal who spent the last 30 years in prison for the kidnapping of the daughter of a Judge, Karr would not talk. After being read his rights, Karr was asked to just listen to the information being discussed. Karr decided to talk and implicate David Waters in the death of the O’Hairs. Karr went so far as to sign an affidavit and to draw a map of where the bodies of the O’Hairs could be found. Karr was arrested for possession of two firearms and taken to jail. He lingered in Detroit, MI awaiting trial. The weapon seizure was dismissed and Karr was transferred to the custody of the US Marshal’s in Austin, TX to stand trial for the death of the O’Hairs.

        After a three-week trial, Karr was found guilty of conspiracy to commit extortion, traveling interstate to commit violent acts, money laundering and interstate transportation of stolen property charges related to the O’Hair case. However, he was acquitted of kidnapping conspiracy since the bodies of the O’Hairs were not found at the time.[29] Karr was sentenced to two life sentences in prison in August 2000 by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks.[31] Waters was arrested and found guilty of kidnapping, robbery, and murder in the O’Hair case, and was sentenced to 80 years in prison;[32] he was also ordered to pay back a total of $543,665 to the United Secularists of America and to the estates of Madalyn Murray O’Hair, Jon Garth Murray, and Robin Murray O’Hair. It is unlikely that any of these debts were paid, because Waters had no ability to earn money while in prison. Waters died of lung cancer at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, on January 27, 2003.[14]

        There was some criticism of the Austin Police Department’s apparent apathy about the disappearance. Austin reporter Robert Bryce wrote:[28]

        Despite pleas from O’Hair’s son, William J. Murray, several briefings from federal agents, and solid leads developed by members of the press, the Austin Police Department (APD) sat on the sidelines of the O’Hair investigation…. Meanwhile, investigators from the Internal Revenue Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office are working together on the case … a federal agent was asked to discuss APD’s actions in the O’Hair case. His only response was to roll his eyes in amazement.

        • Anniel says:

          Good grief! I don’t remember that at all. Thanks.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            I was overseas, but I vaguely recall O’Hair’s disappearance. I had returned to Texas when the murderers were tried and convicted so that is pretty clear in my memory, especially the news about the gold coins.

            One of O’Hair’s sons became a preacher. I don’t think she liked that too much.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          I remember the disappearance, but not much else, and certainly not all those details. One can’t help wondering if the amoralism of atheism contributed to the outcome, though obviously Karr and Waters were crooked long before they came to AA.

          • Glenn Fairman says:

            The wheels of justice grind slowly, yet exceeding fine. If you read the Old Testament much, you will notice a predilection for evils to consume one another. And usually this comes from an unseen far off direction that could not have been guessed at.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            the amoralism of atheism contributed to the outcome

            I have yet to read a succinct and credible definition of “globalism.” I think it’s become a word like “fascism” in that it means “Things or people I don’t like.” The title of “atheism” faces similar problems.

            I don’t tend to like atheists but there are as likely as many types of atheists as there are religious people. Surely “religion” does little but obscure the difference between, say, Mother Teresa and Osama bin Laden.

            There are grievance atheists (wherein “atheism” is but a placeholder for, and formalizer of, grievance), Leftist atheists (etc.), socialist atheists (etc. again), scientism atheists, smarty-pants (aka “Brights”) atheists, and, last but not least (and surely a purely insignificant brand), philosophical atheists (who simply do not believe in any type of Creator but for whom their atheism is not a cover for other pathologies, grievances, or conceits).

            But I’ve never, ever seen or read about atheism making anyone better. But it’s very easy to see how it could make one worse.

            There’s another aspect of atheism which I think it obviously central to the various forms and creeds of atheism. And that is “utopianism,” the idea that all things can work out, or be made to work out.

            Of course, in the Christian vision (as outlined by Glenn’s recent article about Job), it does work out, but not by our own hands. But in the atheist utopian conception, self-evident “reason” and the guiding hand of “science” along with “progressive” politicians and governments can usher in utopia.

            No, atheists don’t typically talk of utopia, but it is the inevitable backdrop to many of their core beliefs. Things can be made to work out by the application of supposedly enlightened (read: “non-religious”) human effort. They acknowledge that nothing but ignorance of their beliefs can confound these efforts.

  5. Anniel says:

    I hope more people get serious about homeschooling. If I were still rearing children I’d do it for sure.

  6. Steve Lancaster says:

    I started school later than you, but my experience was much the same into the 60s large numbers of teachers were veterans of the depression and WW II some Korea. There was a real world view of that is absent today. I recall October of 57 when the clod-hopping Soviets launched Sputnik. We stood in the middle of the street to watch it go over and marveled at how the world was changing.

    More than anything else that event changed American education. Students with math and science aptitude were pushed into technology programs; beating the Soviets into space and to the moon was a national goal. Astronauts were the heroes of the day, even in my small town; Gordon Cooper, who had not yet been to space, came to speak at the University of Arkansas, the town shut down for the day.

    Today, the best jobs are in STEM degrees and the humanities are shuffled to the sidelines. I don’t mind the engineers, scientists and math wizards making tons of money, but I do object to their lack of education about the civilization that makes it possible. I do hope that the swing of the pendulum has changed.

    • Anniel says:


      Would that we could all backup, with our eyes and hearts still open to Truth, and begin the good fight with greater zeal. But would we? Probably not. So much easier to remain asleep. We are where we are through our own fault. Maybe the pendulum has swung. I hope so.

  7. Lucia says:

    I read somewhere that cultural swings happen about every 50 years. We are due for one.

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