I received a “Connect NC” flyer in the mail today which says “Support the NC National Guard” by voting for the $2 billion bond on March 15. Supposedly if we vote for the NC $2 Billion (with a B) bond, we will be “safe”. The fact is, National Guard funding is the smallest portion of the entire bond. It seems that the line item was thrown in solely for the purpose of using the National Guard as puppets for Connect NC advertising. I am offended that National Guard funding is being held hostage, contingent upon the passage of political pork barrel spending to parks, zoos and the like. If the new building funds are needed for the National Guard, that line item could be fully funded right now through NC’s 2015 revenue surplus, which far exceeds the amount of the National Guard funding within this omnibus debt bond. The “powers that be” have pulled out all the tricks to put us and our children further in debt. I say, if there is further need to address the safety of NC citizens, put it in the budget. Vote “against” the $2 billion bond on March 15.
Linda Humphries, Barnardsville
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.