To the editor: I am amazed at the number of people opining that Rep.
Mark Meadows caused the shutdown with no more than a letter. Wow — what power.
With that much power, maybe he should write a letter telling Congress to pass a budget instead of relying on continuing resolutions. Maybe he should write a letter saying we should stop spending more than we are taking in.
Maybe he should write a letter asking the administration to explain Benghazi and Fast and Furious.
Maybe he should write a letter asking the administration to explain the actions of the IRS.
Maybe he should ask the Justice Department to explain why it is attacking North Carolina for voter fraud but not Pennsylvania, Ohio or Florida. Maybe he can ask the administration to explain why the World War II Memorial and Pisgah Inn were closed during the “shutdown” but not Andrews Air Force Base golf course or Camp David. Maybe he can ask why more support was sent to keep World War II veterans from the monument honoring them than was sent to protect our ambassadors in Benghazi.
I guess those opposed to Meadows are upset that someone is actually leading for a change. I find it far more refreshing than Kool-Aid.
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.