"That's pretty risky business, " I said. "The Commandments have been around for a long time."
"Apparently that makes no difference to the reformers. They say that given the current mood of the country they can't afford to pass up this window of opportunity to advance their goals for a permanent Republican majority."
"Yes, that does make some sense. What are Commandments for if you can't break them as needed. Do they want to rewrite all of them?"
"No, that would be too disruptive for all of the TV preachers who condition their troops for Republican causes. At the moment, they are only looking at the Ninth Commandment."
"Which is ---?"
"---You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. They will argue that the Commandment is obsolete inasmuch as it was handed to Moses long before there was a Glenn Beck or Michele Bachmann. But they feel a wisp of guilt when their children and grandchildren are around. By eliminating the Commandment, they can do what they are already doing without having to explain it to their families."
"Wow! They always think of something."
"They're just getting started. When Boehner becomes the House Speaker in the next Congress they have plans go after other things that we have long taken for granted."
"I can only say that two congressmen from Texas came into our restaurant the other day to pass out copies of a new Boy Scout Oath."