Lake Toxaway, NC
November 28, 2016
On Veterans Day, wearing the uniform I originally wore some 40 years ago, I solemnly stood at parade rest before the Rosman War Memorial. Why?
Well, like millions of those before me, those serving now and in the future, we theoretically signed a blank check for our lives to help our country in its need to fight for its freedom, your freedom. The war may have been unpopular to many, but whatever service we belonged to, we did what we were ordered to do and went wherever we were sent to fight.
Why? Bottom line: we love our country. It is what you do if you are a patriotic soul. Many of us did not return home in the same condition we left. Many have lost their lives while protecting your rights and your freedom. That is what I was thinking!
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.