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Feb 7, 2006
"Because you're mine, I walk the line..."

Johnny Cash was singing about walking the straight line of hope, being just, loving mercy and walking humbly with God. Well - grin - you might interpret a bit differently but I'll bet it is somewhat close to this in meaning.

And why am I thinking about that tune and Johnny Cash? Someone once asked Cash why he only wore black. His reply was said to be: "I'm wearing black until there is peace in the world, then I'll wear white."

I suspect he began wearing black simply because for many people - when in doubt and you wanna look cool - wear black. But his spiritual bent also told him that if you are in mourning, the proper way to show respect is to wear black.

Whether you are in mourning for poor hard-scrabble tenant farmers, ranch hands, rail road crews, prisoners doing county or state time, for those whose ideals and friends died in a far off land, or in a city street -- it's only proper to wear black.

And this has what to do with "you become what you are for or against? Johnny -- like many singers who shared his outlook -- mourned and was saddened by the things that troubled people and brought them down.

What he was for was helping them stand up for a while, to dance a step and feel some joy, or to sling a smile, and a shout What he was for brought joy to his own life, a wonderful love and family, as well as diehard fans like me who couldn't help but love his music, even if the water was four feet high and rising. He brother in soul, Ray Charles did much the same. Our current President is against terrorism, terror, terrorists, dictators, and wants to protect us against attack, against conspirators, against anything and anyone that does not fully agree with his mission. And wth all that he is against, what methods and means strike terror in the hearts of free men and women have he and his team adopted to fight this great fear? Means that terrorize the terrorists, second-hand torture, assassination.

Most alive today are too young to recall the great message given to the world by President Roosevelt - The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

Let's hope our President, his team and supporters canlearn how to walk a different line, a second line -- the one laid down by Jesus, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Gandhi.

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