Mills River, NC
To the editor: Remember Hillary Clinton’s question ad of her first run for president: “Who do you want answering the phone at 3 a.m.?” She lost that election, but Barack Obama, evidently, agreed with her being the one by making her secretary of state.
We all know what happened when the call for help from Benghazi came — she didn’t answer the phone, and four men died.
Fast forward, and she is again running for president, citing her familiarity with the White House, brief Senate seat and experience as secretary of state as qualifications. Her chutzpah and sense of entitlement are unmatched.
The fact that she is being seriously challenged by an avowed socialist, Bernie Sanders, reflects a desperate electorate.
On the other side, Republicans are calling each other names rather than recognizing the fast-approaching collapse of our economy, warning people or proposing solutions.
The Federal Reserve has flooded the world with paper dollars, exploding the U.S. debt to more than $19 trillion, it devalued the major exchange currency, putting us on the verge of economic collapse, and no candidate has the nerve talk about it. God help us!
Jerome (Jack) Lorenz
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.