Flat Rock, NC
My Dearest Darling Barbara
One is too many
To the editor: Voting is the most important thing you get to do as an American. I fought in two wars, shivered in the rain as a ranger in Vietnam and worried about my soldiers when I commanded a brigade-sized unit in Desert Storm. All because I was an American with an inalienable right to vote.
So, when someone tells me there is so little voter fraud as to make identification unnecessary, I began to ponder this dilemma. I have decided that even one person committing voter fraud is one too many. Because that one person could cancel my vote, and I am extremely selfish about my vote. I have fought hard for my one vote to count, and no one should be allowed to cancel my vote — or your vote either!
A person needs an ID card to drive a car, go to the library or even to buy mouthwash if you used a credit card, so what is so hard about using that same ID card to prove your citizenship, the greatest honor in the world? And by the way, the DMV with give you a picture ID card for free!
GARY L. GRESH
U.S. Army (retired), Flat Rock
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.