The truth about liberals
To the editor: A letter complained about GOP “low-information voters,” wanting an “R” by candidates’ names, implying, naturally, that Democrats have high information. Well, I’m betting few Democrats know that liberalism holds that there is no absolute truth, and that’s the absolute truth. Non-liberals will catch the circular reasoning here. But Barack Obama believes this, declaring, “We make our own truth.” Certainly Hillary follows this credo. Many Democrats do.
If there’s no truth, there’s no untruth. Lots of “good” words become meaningless, like right and wrong, honesty, fidelity, integrity, even justice. What’s a liberal’s oath worth? Everything becomes a matter of personal convenience or advantage at the moment.
Then consider that liberals also believe our Constitution is misconceived, so it can be remolded or ignored at will. Winston Churchill referred to our Constitution as the shield of the common man. How’s the common man to know who will protect his shield?
Democrats often don’t reveal their party in their propaganda even for non-judicial offices, so, sure, they don’t want the “R” to appear, either; they want to trick the voters. The “R” and “D” are the best clue to what is really in the candidate’s heart.
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.