Teaching next generation how to abuse the system ACT 4/30/13
Maybe we’ll divorce. Then we can file for food stamps. Insurance? If you’re sick, hospitals can’t deny you. We’ll accumulate debt, claim bankruptcy and start over like so many Americans. Wait.
Letters to the Editor
Why work? I’ll quit and the government will support us. More kids? Then we’ll get thousands of dollars on our taxes. By doing this we’ll have it made. We can sit on our backsides and teach the next generation how to abuse the system, how not to take care of themselves.
Is this how we want future American adults to run our country? To know it’s OK not to try and not work hard to get ahead in life? Take the easy way out?
I’m glad I won’t be around to see the morals of our ancestors thrown away by future citizens. Thanks, Barack Obama and Congress for throwing all the free stuff out there. And thank you, taxpayers, for making this all possible.
Kim Cook, Hendersonville
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.