GOP’s Keystone Kops
To the editor: The Republicans will lose because they allowed the media to ask the questions and set the rules for the debates. In the end, there were no rules.
The candidates should have debated Hillary Clinton’s leadership of her agency, which told America the video lie for days after she had already told Chelsea the truth about Benghazi. They should have debated their competence in handling classified information in contrast to Hillary’s and how they would protect our country better than Hillary protected our Benghazi consulate. They should have debated the drawbacks of the Obama/ Hillary approach to the government and economy vs. the inherent superiority of limited government, rule of law and a free market.
All we got were candidates shooting each other and wasting millions in the process instead of saving their powder for Hillary. Who is going to contribute to a party run by the Keystone Kops?
The country has fallen to a new low. Apparently in November, we will choose between two habitually lying, bullying, self-serving and imperious progressive insiders. President Hillary will then strike a giant blow for gender equality by demonstrating how plausible it is for the Antichrist to be female.
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.