Mills River, NC
To the editor: Presidents of both parties have been complicit in approving free trade agreements that have disadvantaged this country, as evidenced by huge trade deficits each and every year since their inception.
The unintended consequence of the Trade Agreement Act of 1979 has, in my opinion, resulted in trading American manufacturing jobs to other countries, mainly China, and borrowing from them the money to buy back the goods, formerly “made in the USA.”
Some of us remember when buying U.S.-made goods was promoted as the gold standard, thereby supporting American jobs. Today one has difficulty in buying any manufactured good labeled “Made in America.”
No one who has followed this president’s machinations trusts him to make any trade agreement favorable to this country. This, for him, is just one more opportunity to knock us off our “high horse.”
But, you say, Congress gets an up or down vote to approve or disapprove the final agreement! This establishment-led Congress has, to date, only served special interests, not the people.
Mark Meadows deserves a medal, not a demotion, for voting with the American worker rather than the establishment, bought and paid for by big money contributors.
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.