Looking for the Heavenly Touch

By Harry M. Covert

All the late tittle tattle about how to speak in Bible, most particularly among the political class, is rather interesting, fun and nonsense. Actually, at the risk of starting verbal combat, the King James Version traditionalists hold fast to orthodoxy. It ain’t funny, folks, particularly to those “standing on the promises.”

It can be nerve-wracking. In this season of overwhelming and tiresome political jaw-boning, the speakers make it easy to decide who in the media don’t know doodly about “Bible speak.”

In perspective Iowans recently supposedly came to the fore with their caucus, deciding presidential favorites. Could be some difference from the predictions and predilections of the chattering class.

But, let’s continue to “Bible speak.” Iowans were described as the class of “eee-vangelicals.” The correct pronunciation is really “ev-an-gelicals.” “Eee-vangelicals” sounds too hokey, somewhat countrified and perhaps akin to the Scopes trial judicial ministrations some years back in Dayton, Tennessee. While the talking heads like to make fun of Christians, they should look inward regarding their use of English, either American or Oxford. I just wish they’d stop using phrases such as “lower down” or “continue on.”

A public school instructor I know was so happy with his appointment said: “I always wanted to be an English teacher and now I are one.” Actually he was a D. C. academician.

It has been noticeable that the Almighty has so often been invoked by candidates in throughout the nation. Maybe there’s hope for the nation after all. But the description is “ev-an-gelicals.” If you don’t believe me just ask columnist-author extraordinaire Cal Thomas, Bob Beckel, Gordon Luff, Franklin Graham, Elmer Towns and a few others. Don’t even bother to share this with the late Rev. Ike or the still squawking Al Sharpton, the James Brown protégée.

The presidential teams have moved on from New England to other traditional states. We’ll begin to see soon who has the Heavenly touch.

“Bible speak” came to the fore recently from the City of Seven Hills. No, not Rome, but the Christian mecca Lynchburg, Virginia. Recall if you will the discussion of Holy Scripture from “Two Corinthians”. The orator brought about lots of criticism for allegedly misspeaking but church-goers were not off-put. Those of a worldly bent know this isn’t a sinful mishap. A little research shows the Scots are known for using this pronunciation and that’s with or without any scotch sipping. The man who used this phrase is known as a Presbyterian. A majority of Scotlanders are members of the Kirk. Look it up.

The point of all this is rather simple. Who makes the rule that Scripture readers can’t say Two Samuel, Two Kings, Two Corinthians, Two Thessalonians, Two John or Two Falwell? Well, on the latter Two Falwell is really and accurately Jerry Falwell, Jr., a University of Virginia Law School graduate, successor to Falwell Sr., and chancellor-president of Liberty University.

It can be asserted here, JF Jr. is one smart man. Actually he is a brilliant leader, businessman and knows where he’s going. His Daddy was a leader par excellence and set the pace for the university. Junior will be there for the long haul and don’t be at all surprised if LU continues as the largest institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation. JF Sr.’s goal was to have the university equal and then surpass UVA in elegance, facilities and educational excellence. The road to that goal has been exciting.

While it is entertaining to listen to discussions on pronunciations, it is something to behold to see the spending of the candidates, oodles and great gobs of money for both the good and bad. The only other areas where the cash is flowing are in sports. Time marches on, but just imagine the thinking today of Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell and others. They would be astonished and cash in on today’s gigantic paydays? I didn’t forget the college football and basketball coaches’ remunerations, or the incredible payoffs of the pro footballers.

Is this a great country or what? Does it seem like the nation is crumbling actually? It’s only money.


Ethics, Oaths and Red Herrings

By Harry M. Covert

When good citizens decide to stand for public office, they must get fitted for iron pants, a strong constitution and mental perspicacity to withstand assaults verbal and otherwise.

When people who know how to write simple sentences, ask good questions and make plenty of contacts in the public arena, they become reporters. Or if they have a little personality and chutzpah, they become journalists.

To serve communities is no easy task. Before supervisors, council members, burgesses or other high-brow positions become official they must take Oaths of Office. Once these vows, promises, pledges and assurances are taken on Holy Scriptures, before a bonafide judicial officer, clerk of courts, or before a parson in the “I do” situation, the campaign victors can take a seat. Think on this.

I bring all of this up for the simple reason such personages of lofty nature start out with good will and desire to be wise in public matters, both public and private. These oaths should supersede further discussion of what’s right, wrong and ethical.

On the national level all the words profane and otherwise are dotting the landscape without fear. On this subject, is there any doubt as to why the masses are angry, mad-as-heck, untrusting of all the candidates, and eager to bring down the conversations to understandable levels? The America of this century is not the same of times past, everything hangs out more often than not embarrassing and unsettling.

I digress a bit so here is more:

 How often have we heard the courtroom lyrics, “I swear by Almighty God to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?” Or, “I solemnly swear (or affirm) to defend the Constitution of the state or federal governments against all enemies foreign and domestic.” And this one about honoring husband or wife ‘til death do us part?

Officeholders who violate their oaths commit malfeasance. They are liable for criminal and civil penalties. All over America the Beautiful, it’s the job of elected prosecutors to ensnare offenders. Fortunately, such conduct has not become popular or fair in these parts in lots of matters. But you’d think so.

When citizens give their time and talents to the people, and do so gladly, they should be taken at their word, their honesty and veracity.

The beauty of the Fourth Estate – those in journalism and gasbaggng — is this: No oath is required of any sort, but it is important to take good notes, keep no secrets, tell everything, attribute all sources, spell all names correctly and write punchy opening sentences.

Oh, and please remember the five Ws and an H. ◄◄◄◄◄