Pisgah Forest, NC
Once again, President Obama decrees new laws. As he has on several occasions in the past, he bypasses Congress and issues executive orders that overreach executive branch authority. I predict that his latest decrees will be challenged in court again. Being a former constitutional law “professor” (actually he was a senior lecturer), he should know that only Congress can make laws. His new decrees on gun control could/should have been handled very differently.
We are all concerned about the violence and the threat of terrorism in this country, and the problem needs to be dealt with. Guns are a component of the problem. But why wouldn’t Obama walk up to Capitol Hill and meet with Paul Ryan in a joint effort to craft solutions? Why does Obama not work to form coalitions to solve problems? Why was the problem not dealt with while Obama and the Democrats controlled the Congress?
The reason is that he is in his last year and refuses to spend the time and effort. He will decree what he thinks is right. That’s not the way it works.
We fought a war to extricate ourselves from a king and hopefully in November we will return to the road that our forefathers crafted.
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.