Pisgah Forest, NC
I will follow the rules being used in the Republican debates. That is, when your name is mentioned in a statement you are given the opportunity to respond. Therefore, I will respond to Mr. Mockridge’s statement which totally misconstrued my letter.
The whole purpose of my letter was merely to point out how crazy this election season is. Further, if you really listen to Bernie Sanders talk, he is a socialist, no matter what he calls himself.
I was in no way saying that Socialism is a sin. How ridiculous is it to draw that conclusion. Socialism is simply a system that doesn’t work. As George Bernard Shaw said, “Anyone who robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.” You may recall that Hillary Clinton could not answer the question, “What is the difference between Socialism and the beliefs of Democrats?” By the way, that question was asked by Chris Matthews.
The statement about ministers dropping out in less than five years was simply to say, as a separate issue, that this is part of the crazy stuff going on, and to put forth the thought that it is a very troubling trend.
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.