Friday, November 16, 2007

"MOMS" Miracle on Main Street

moms: MOMS: still true after all these years

by F. Tupper Saussy

Moments before I was to address an audience in Atlanta during the autumn of 2000, a gentleman shook my hand cheerfully and said “Mr. Saussy, I read Miracle On Main Street twenty years ago.” He paused a moment, then said, “and I want to thank you for ruining my life.”

Several people within earshot broke into laughter. Each said in his turn, “Me, too!”

Yes, MOMS did ruin a lot of lives, including my own. But in a necessary way, in the way maturity ruins adolescence, or Christ’s indwelling spirit ruins a life of evildoing.

MOMS ruined values and beliefs that had to die if one was to grow in integrity.

A Colorado paralegal once told me that he thought MOMS was “naíve.” I complimented him on getting the point. Doesn’t the law presume us all to be naive? Doesn’t the law expect us to believe it means what it says? Can’t we safely trust that no harm will come to us if we obey the law? Can’t we safely expect that those sworn to uphold the law will, in fact, uphold the law?

Thousands of readers picked up on MOMS’ naivety and, taking their cue from Barry Buxkamper’s cover painting, went out to the public offices determined to hold officials accountable under the clearly-stated monetary provisions of the Constitution.

The Constitution places responsibility for a sound economy on the state governments. As MOMS reveals, the framers of the Constitution unanimously said “No!” to the possibility that American citizens might ever be compelled to surrender their gold and silver coin for a paper currency.

The “No!” of the framers resounds through more than two centuries of Congressional legislation and Supreme Court decisions.

Ah, but the people have said “Yes.”

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