"Wing of the Democratic Party made up of workingmen and reformers, opposed to monopolies and financial policies that seemed to them antidemocratic and conducive to special privilege. The Locofocos received their name when party regulars turned off the gas lights to oust the radicals from a Tammany Hall nominating meeting. The radicals responded by lighting candles with new matches known as locofocos and nominated their own slate." (From: http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9048706 )

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Location: Springfield, Missouri, United States

I am husband and father in a family of four, wife Verna, son Thomas, and daughter Jennifer. We've lived in Springfield's 137th District for over ten years at 800 W Calhoun St, and love the Grant Beach area. I was born to a military family, my mother and father met at Ft Leonard Wood. I was born in Ft Hood Texas, and travelled throughout my childhood, with most of my time spent in any one place in the Rolla Mo area. When I completed my own four year hitch with the US Navy, I settled here in Missouri, living in Mt Vernon. I moved into Springfield in 1994 to attend (then) SMSU and stayed, finding our permanent home in the Grant Beach Park area.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Burning Bridges

In today's News-Leader, Wendell Kerr said "If someone is in this country illegally, he/she has no legal rights. Deliberate breaking of laws is a criminal offense as well as sin. " http://www.news-leader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051205/OPINIONS03/512050308/1006

Originally uploaded by luxpim.

Equating the breaking of a law to a sin is dangerous to a civil society. "Jim Crow" laws set forth many unjust conditions on select members of society. In light of this interpretation, the use of civil disobedience to change unjust laws would be a sin. When we mix religious and temporal affairs, we corrupt both.

The larger issue is one of human justice and human rights. Should one's accident of birth mean a condemnation to poverty and subjugation? Because one is born in Mexico, or Guatemala, or Algeria, or Somalia, does that forever condemn you to living in that condition? Are you barred the option of our ancestors, to leave the old behind and seek a new life for yourself and your children?

In the face of current U.S. immigration laws, many find that if they don't break the law, they are condemned to these fates.

God Bless America, and God help those who seek to better their lives.

Photo from Flickr, Uploaded on May 28, 2005by luxpim


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