BY ROBERT WALLACE MEYER
I will do my best to do my duty to God and Country, to obey the Scout Law, to help other people at all times, and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
Lord Powell, who founded the Scouts many years ago and President Teddy Roosevelt must be turning over in their graves as their beloved organization has now filed for protection under our bankruptcy statutes. Americans might well ask, “How in hell did THAT happen?”
Methinks it began back in the 80’s as young ladies demanded to be admitted to the Boy Scouts and threatened all sorts of dire consequences if their wishes were denied. This was reluctantly agreed to, against the better judgement of many. Years later, gay scoutmasters were approved, again, against the better judgement of many. Now we have a reported 2,000 youngsters alleging sexual abuse and asking ten billion dollars in damages. All for being “open minded” about things which should have been rejected out of hand.
And it seems to be ever thus: Our religious and educational systems are attacked, taking one chip here and another there. No prayers or Pledge of Allegiance to start the school day. Christmas Holiday becomes “Winter Break”, and past leaders of this great nation are now judged by today’s politically correct standards. So the beat goes on—and soon we may be unable to recognize what is left of this great country, degraded chip, by chip, by chip.
Many of us share fond memories, shaded and dimmed by time, of campfires blazing at first, then ebbing into soft, gentle coals. Of projects completed, often with the cooperation of friends in the troop. Of sing-a-longs on dusty hiking trails and by those same campfires in the sweet glow of evening. Of Scoutmasters who stood close enough to help as needed, but far enough away that we could face our own challenges and enjoy our own triumphs. Scouting was such a fine thing to have and a terrible loss if it is left to the mercy of lawyers, judges and the politically correct.
Remember: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverent, and now….bankrupt!
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