JOE FOUND A WAY
by Emma Stark
For the second consecutive year, Emma stink
has received The George Washington Honor
Medal in the i May competition sponsored by
Freedoms Foundation, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
Last September FACTS FORUM NKWS reprinted Emma's 1958 award-winning essay, "I Speak
for Our ('.instil ui lonal Republic," which outlined
the principles upon which .um- American republic
Emma is the daughter "f Mr. and Mrs, Loren
I). Stark, 2320 Danville, Houston S, Texas.
Thk Koi k walls of the judo's chambers were paneled
in deep nil mahogany. The -oil indirect light and ihr
cool, clean air circulating in iln- room created an atmosphere
of peaceful dignity. In spite of these pleasanl surroundings,
Joe Boshervick felt lhe old familiar tug in his throal as his
eyes drifted over lln- windowless wall-. Whv did a closed
room ['iii him in ihis sudden, quid panic? (Hi. you remember, Joe, come on. now think.
Yes, I remember, Joe thought. I was only trying i«> forget. Is
there any crime in trying to forgel forget the ugl) past? It was
s«> horrible. Monstrous tyrants, created !i\ Hi-' people themselves,
grabbed and clawed ai mj native land until they had robbed
my people of all self-respect and pride. > es, thoughl Joe sadly,
it was our own fault. We were afraid of responsibility and sn
we gave to the governmenl those duties which we could and
should have done for ourselves.
The lazy were eager for prideless handouts; the sturdy worker
wanted iob security; the housewife demanded stable prices.
Everyone traded Iii- individual freedom for whal appeared to
In- ii presenl good. Farmers accepted price supports a complicated thing called "parity*' which turned oul to be a centralized control of everything he did, such as the crops he could
plant and thc price Ik* had I" pa> for everything he bought.
Small businessmen Bought governmental protection from big
businessmen and Imtli gol bureaucratic planning "I their business. Schools ami colleges asked for governmental grants of
fiimIs and received federal runt ml. including governmenl textbooks and the subjects to I"' taught. Industries sought subsidies
ami gol governmenl ownership "I their plants. Individuals ac-
>i out cepted governmental security for health, old age, and unemploy
ment and found themselves shackled slaves to a monstrous tyrant
of their own making.
The church had catered to the social and economic needs ol
itv members while tin* spirit nal life had withered and died.
Before I was born the church as a spiritual force had ceased to
be, bul Had told me all aboul Jesus. \ group of friends used to
gather in the basemen! ol whal once was a church bul now was
a pile of stone and broken stained glass. Our belief in Christ
was the only thing that helped our family survive as long as it
did. 1 wonder u In ( -nil -pared me?
"My good man. what can I do for you?" The judge's
lender yel firm \nir<* broke Joe's nightmarish thoughts, and
he was "lad. Joe was once more hack in the paneled room
u'th the judge. He looked at the judge whose eyes seemed
to say, '"Don'l be afraid, you are in America now."" Thev
uen' friendly, hut knowing yes, knowing eyes. Joe thoughl
o* his own grave limitations shorl of stature, ill-fitting
clothes, and foreign horn hui he was determined to do his
"Sir." Joe finally Bpoke, "I have come to lake my oath
"Oh, yes," said the judge as he picked up a paper from
'ds desk. "1 assume you have followed the rule- the years
°f residence . .. ?"
' ^ es ... hui . . ." Joe hesitated.
"Something's on your mind, Mr- Boshervick. Whal is it?"
"Sir. I came tu America because in my countr) the people
bad losl their freedom. During the time I have been in
America I have noticed thai the symptoms which have preceded the downfall of every greal nation are also present in
*he I nited State-. I was born too late to save my own
Country, bul America can \cl he sa\r<l onl\ il . . ."
"Onlj if what?" asked lhe judge wilh much interest and
"If the American people were onlv awake to the forces
'' A« TS FORUM NEWS, August, 1955
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