If not the Ten Commandments, how about the 'Code'?
We've observed the controversy over the posting of the Ten Commandments in various public places over the years, and have to wonder if some of those most vocal about the issue are as concerned about observing them as seeing them displayed.
Now comes an idea from a publisher and radio host that appeals to the American frontier spirit without threatening to draw the wrath of civil libertarians -- at least in any obvious way we can imagine.
Dakota Livesay, who publishes the Chronicle of the Old West as well as hosting a couple of nationally syndicated radio shows on the subject, has formed the Living the Code Foundation.
The "code," which he says was developed during the three hundred years of our country's frontiers, "stressed ingenuity, creativity, self-reliance, cooperation, family and God," Livesay said. He says he's concerned that as America has gotten farther in time from that last frontier -- the Old West -- we've lost more and more of those frontier characteristics.
What is "The Code"?
1. Respect yourself and others.
2. Accept responsibility for your life.
3. Be positive and cheerful.
4. Be a person of your word.
5. Go the distance.
6. Be fair in all your dealings.
7. Be a good friend and neighbor.
"This isn't a Republican or Democrat thing," Livesay said. "It isn't liberal or conservative. It's an American thing."
His foundation is developing educational materials and books about the concept, for adults and youth, especially those in homeschools or private schools.
We have to admit the idea is appealing for those of us who grew up on the Golden Plains. What's troubling is that it would take the formation of a foundation to promote something as common-sense and ethical as the list of ideas Livesay is promoting, or that it is even needed.
But it's true that those ideas are sorely needed today.
If you'd like to find out more, check out www.livingthecode.org.