No. 295

Someone once said that “A criminal is a creature who writes crooked lines in the book of their lives.” It is my sincere hope that this thought will come into sharp focus during our brief visit today. There is no doubt that the criminal element in our society is costing every law abiding, tax paying American citizen a great deal and I want to offer some insights that may be of some value. One of the most rewarding aspects of being a syndicated columnist is that you hear from all types of people. Some time ago I got a letter from Mr. Ivan Fail who lives in Marshfield, Missouri and he is a most interesting man. During W.W.II Mr. Fail was in the Marines and fought in the now famous battle of Iwo Jima, you know the one where the Marines were raising the American Flag on that God forsaken hill that shall forever be etched in our minds. After the war he became a federal correctional officer and spent 29 years in three federal prisons including the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas. As a result of being exposed to the criminal element and seeing first hand the graft and corruption in the social and economic systems of our nation, he has become a very angry man.
In another letter he states, “One of the most troubling and shameful lessons I learned was that law abiding hypocrisy re-enforced with arrogance and double standard ethics plays a far more powerful role in generating dangerous rage in citizens in all segments of society than the experts will admit. As a father, tax payer, voter and prison officer I have received a college course in the causes of rage...and how it feels to have it.”
Before I move on I want to point out a couple of things that may help you to better understand his thinking. I also feel deeply about the corrupting influences in our nation but not as strongly as Mr. Fail. When you realize this man actually fought in a real war where our very freedom was at stake and saw many of his buddies killed in action, then you can understand why he feels as he does. Also, when you stop to realize that he was face-to-face with some of the most incorrigible people in our society for 29 years of his life then you can better understand the source of his anger, dismay and frustration. There is no way this experience could do anything but affect his thinking in a negative way. This kind of environment has a way of jading everything and everyone around us.
He has sent me volumes of information about various areas of corruption in our society including the politicians, the lawyers and the legal system, the ills of the health care industry, the homosexual agenda, and the real causes for the shootings in our nation’s schools and many others. One true example involved a man indicted for murder and the judge who sentenced him later resigned the bench to represent this same man seeking his release. Mr. Fail said the murderer was worth 2 1/2 billion dollars and that may have had something to do with it. He goes on to state that he does not advocate violence and I believe him. He, like millions of other Americans, is angry when it comes to the hypocrisy and double standards of politicians and others in our society.
While Mr. Fail may be considered extreme, his views contain the truth that many people never hear. He also says that people who have developed a criminal mind see people like me, with a Christian perspective, as a sign of weakness and someone who is an easy mark. We have had people who were corrupt, selfish and who became criminals ever since the world began but those of us who feel deeply about our freedom can work for a better America. We must elect good people who have integrity to make and abide by our nation’s laws. This means the right thing, not what is politically correct. (Jim Davidson is a motivational speaker and syndicated columnist. You may contact him at 2 Bentley Drive, Conway, AR 72034.)