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Letter: Cling to prayer for survival

While initially disappointed with the Supreme Court ruling on prayer in public spaces, I now see their wisdom. The Roberts Court is now as political as the other two branches of government and rapidly moving to the right.

Our grandchildren will ultimately pay the price. Prayer is what they will need most.

How often "we the people" vote against our personal interests and the common good, distracted by a smoke screen of public prayer,Benghazi, gun rights, Obamacare, the IRS and the Common Core curriculum. But the important common core in this country, our middle class, is being hollowed out each year by Congress and the massive shift to the right over the last 30 years.

The Supreme Court helps the cause by ruling that money is speech and corporations are people.The advice from on high? Work harder, pray more.

Why? The ruling classes, both parties in Congress, Wall Street and elite corporate America have near total job security. We don't. The unions in this country are now history. I am constantly amazed that Ronald Reagan is worshiped by workers, yet nearly all economic gains made in the U.S. since the Reagan years have been sent straight to the top, not to the top 1 percent, but to the top 1/10 of 1 percent, the beginnings of a new Gilded Age.

Ruling class grandchildren will live well with their inherited wealth. Our grandkids won't. Job security and pensions are gone. But here is the good news: our grandchildren will be able to pray in Carroll County public buildings, if they are allowed in. Smaller government, you know.

We are moving toward a society of private opulence and public squalor. Negative corporate influence and domination grows as our electorate demands less government. Civics is now a dirty word. Manufacturing may return to the U.S. some day, most likely by restoring the 60 hour, 6-day work week, and possibly returning to the practice of child labor to compete with the third world. The Supreme Court of the future will tell us this is true freedom.

So don't think about climate change, America's decline in education, infrastructure and positive influence in the world. Instead, teach your grandchildren to pray. In the future, prayer may be all they have left to cling to.

But hopefully, before then, they'll also learn how to think.

Eddie Brooks

Mount Airy

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