Spruce Pine, NC
Your USA Today section had a story, “Obama prepares to define presidency.” We already have a document that does just that in clear, plain and concise English.
It’s called the Constitution. The same document he swore to uphold back in 2008 and hasn’t given it a thought since.
It plainly states we have three branches of government, separate but equal.
It says nothing of declaring yourself emperor and ruling by executive order every time you don’t get your way.
Maybe he doesn’t have the ability to understand the Constitution but maybe he can find somebody on his staff with an IQ over 70 to read it to him.
OK, I’ll admit it will take a search.
Michael Andrews, Spruce Pine
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.