Originally created 09/12/99

Cites lessons to be learned from Waco



The Waco fiasco taught five lessons we should have learned shortly after kindergarten:

1.Putting blind faith in one who is cocksure of the meanings of the seven seals of Revelation is risky business.

2.Pinning a badge on a shirt and strapping a gun to a belt may convey authority and power but it fails to endow the recipient with either common sense or self-control.

3.Election to Congress is no evidence of objectivity or fairness.

4.Wrapping oneself in the First Amendment is no guarantee of responsible journalism.

5.Sunshine is a great disinfectant.

Each time the media replays the Waco tapes, fire and all, I wish they would also replay their editorials condemning the FBI for 51 days of inaction! Each time Congress investigates, I wish they would look for ways to improve our system rather than posturing as chief lord executioners. I wish that each time law enforcement straps on a weapon they are reminded that they are commissioned to preserve the peace. The next time a hair-shirted, hyperventilating evangelist comes calling, I wish the weak and gullible would remember the words of Jesus: "Take heed that no man deceive you."

Finally, let us all, in or out of power, remind ourselves that truth is not an enemy of democratic government; it is its best friend.

Tom Zwemer, Augusta