If you don’t believe government is out of control and it’s really time for a revolution, consider this little tidbit.

Reports recently came in from Massachusetts, and soon-to-be nationwide, of pediatricians grilling their patients in private on mommy and daddy’s lifestyles.

They’re asking if there are drugs in the house. Now, on first glance, you might not think this is a bad thing. But dragging children into an adult world of illegal drug use without reasonable cause for suspicion is simply vile and reprehensible. Children make these funny little connections in their minds, you know, and at best they’ll associate mommy and daddy with the bad guys they see on television. At worst they’ll merrily say, "Yes!" because mommy takes aspirin every day as a healthy heart measure and the narcotics task force breaks down their door the next morning.

The American Academy of Pediatrics even urged doctors to ignore legal boundaries in light of the seriousness of such problems.

They even grilled children about whether or not there are guns in the house, where, and if they are locked.

If the answer is in the affirmative, doctors are reporting completely legal gun ownership to police.

Certainly, any organization of professionals have a right to their opinions, and encouragement of gun safety and drug-free lifestyles are acceptable uses of professional provisions, in the appropriate fashion and method.

Spying via our children is not. There’s no telling what those young minds, absorbent as sponges and full of varying methods of interpretation, will take out of that.

It’s just another sign of how we’re losing our freedoms, a little at a time, in this country.

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Of course, it should come as no surprise.

Especially when the President of this country, which has always prided itself on its liberties, has this to say:

"Stop throwing the Constitution in my face," the President screamed. "It’s just a god*****d piece of paper!"

If that doesn’t turn the stomach of any American, I don’t know what will.

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Meanwhile, these tiresome efforts to fund programs with sweet and worthy-sounding monikers such as "child healthcare" via incredible taxes on tobacco are just another example of political-correctness run amok.

I do not understand the logic of punishing smokers or other tobacco users with a "sin tax" that you will gain revenues from to fund a program, while at the same time saying the hefty tax will encourage people to stop using tobacco, thus dwindling down the revenue source you created?

"Sin taxes" of any kind are just plain stupid. We learned that with a heftier penalty, Prohibition. It’s not up to Washington or the states to legislate such things. It’s of course perfectly legal to crimes that result from any such "sin" but government’s hand is getting way too far into our personal affairs.

Again, we’re losing our freedoms surely but slowly. Is it time for a Boston Tea Party again?

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Of course, by writing such things, I’m up for grabs when it comes to illegal wiretapping and surveillance under federal scrutiny. They’ll be checking to see if I am communicating with any foreign countries.

Since I live in the Sovereign Nation of the Chitimacha, if I call a buddy in Franklin, am I –thereby making contact with foreign countries?

Things that make you go, "Hmm…"

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Had kinfolk in from Texas last weekend. My cousin Jim, my usual spring fishing buddy, brought his wife down for the weekend. Cindy hadn’t been to Louisiana in about 20 years. It was a great weekend. My girl and I gave ‘em the grand tour.

Cindy had never seen Cypress Bayou Casino so of course that was the first stop, with requisite supper at Café Bayou and, later in the weekend, Bo-Cats.

We went to the Chitimacha museum, one of the finest in the state, if you ask me, but I’m biased. The young lady there gave us a great tour and it was greatly appreciated. If you haven’t had a chance, go see our little slice of history.

That’s not to take anything away from our next stop of the day. After a quick tour of Franklin’s historic district and lunch, we went to Grevemberg House. Curator Craig Landry gave us the tour de force of Franklin’s centerpiece historic and cultural attraction.

Sometimes, when we live in a place and start to really just let the scenery fade into gray, we forget what’s here. If you haven’t been to Grevemberg in awhile, you need to go. It’ll remind you how lucky we are to have such a great facility in such a great town.