Lake Toxaway, NC
In reply to Robert Johnson's editorial, “America's Scrooge”, in the March 20 edition, of the T Times, conservatives are generally delighted that President Trump is keeping all of his campaign promises. I understand why democrats tend to be upset with Trump. They are following all the fake media news and are not used to an honest president...yet! For most of us, its refreshing!
Now regarding Trump taking away funds for Meals on Wheels: He's not! Your crooked media has steered you wrong again! What Trump has done is one step towards “draining the swamp,” which is to eliminate the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The Meals on Wheels Program and the CDBG are different line items in the budget. Cuts are to the "Federal Block Grants", not to the Meals on Wheels program (“Older Americans Act” which helps local communities). While some communities do use some of their block grants to assist with their meals programs, the majority do not. If you did the research, you would have learned that. Community Block Grants regularly fund pork-barrel and business-subsidy schemes with rampant cronyism that does little to help the communities as a whole.
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.