Let’s wake up
To the editor: When will America wake up?
It is usually in the morning. How about after a nightmare? It has lasted almost five years.
Jobs have been stagnant with the help of the Environmental Protection Agency, spending is out of control, we had the needless deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, the National Security Agency is spying everywhere without any accountability, and the IRS became the bully for the White House and its agenda.
Frankly, I am sick of lies, deceptions and promises not kept. The hidden taxes in Obamacare are slowly emerging, and you will be paying them.
I believe Barack Obama’s goal is to bring America to its knees by control. Your rights are disappearing through control of education, economics, health and political correctness.
America — wake up. Soon we will be prohibited from the rights we grew up with, such as the Pledge of Allegiance, God Bless America, In God We Trust and saluting the flag.
The Quantum State of Consent
Posted: 10 Feb 2018 04:34 PM PST
56% of younger millennials identify as Christian. 2% as Jewish or Muslim. 1% as Buddhist. And 36% as nothing. That's double the number that made up the "nones" among baby boomers. Being a "none" often means having no sense of purpose, except to seek personal happiness and make the world a better place by recycling, opposing Trump and calling out racism. It also means a moral code based on academic analysis of power relationships between races, genders and sexual orientations.
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom," Benjamin Franklin cautioned more simply.
These aren't abstractions. Nor are they measured on some vast scale of civilizations. They define how we live our ordinary lives. They are why this debate is taking place.
Free people consent. But freedom comes from virtue. Freedom without virtue is anarchy. And anarchy ends in brutality and tyranny. That outcome isn't only expressed in riots in the streets. It emerges in smaller and more intimate matters, like the debate over consent.
Freedom of consent is failing. The left wants to replace it with brutality and tyranny. The brutality of online smear campaigns and the tyranny of campus kangaroo courts. But a secular right has no replacement for it either except the more libertarian brutality and tyranny of the individual.
What we forgot is that we don't truly have freedom of consent, until we have purpose.