Tuesday, September 19, 2017

THE OBNOXIOUS CASE AGAINST HISTORY...

I don't write too often anymore.  It's not because i don't have important things to say, its because the level of the dialogue in my opinion has degenerated.

Now that we are taking down statues and attempting to change American History, it's only a small step before we start to empty the libraries and museums of books and paintings that some well funded group finds offensive.

Most of the young men that fought for the South did not have anything to do with Slavery. They were simply young men who were brave and fighting to defend their home states.  The great majority owned no slaves and in any case at that time Lincoln "supported" slavery.

On one hand we like to call ourselves a "melting pot", on the other hand a "melting pot"of statues and books and everything else is offensive to this one and that one.

My dear friend is a devout Lutheran. He attends a fantastic Lutheran church every week and through him I have come to know many of their parishioners.  By and large they are as fine a group of people as you can find.

Should we tear down the Lutheran church because its founder was as bad a antisemite that ever existed?

Most of the current church has nothing to do with something that was 700 years ago.




Thursday, September 14, 2017

SCHOOL SHOOTINGS...(ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2013) NOW ORLANDO....

A recent round-table discussion centered on why security at schools should not include metal detectors and other signs of collective safety.

The argument focused on the deterioration in the quality of schooling which would occur if the schools began to feel more like fortresses rather than educational institutions.

The debate concerned the intrusion of tighter security into the freedom of our schools, which should not be imposed by criminal elements.  The logic went that if the additional security measures were enacted the bad guys had basically won the day.

You could argue and discuss this for a long time but at the end our schools still remain vulnerable.  This last incident in Colorado could very easily have resulted in  many, many more deaths.  We were just lucky.  We might even make the claim that the increased security since Columbine substantially saved a number more lives.

I wonder if the D.C. Federal Judge would have so smugly undermined the constitutionality of the anti-crime terrorists surveillance if "his kid" was blown away by a mad person because security failed to trump our over expectations of what it means to be a free society.

Without safety , the Constitution will lose its value.


 

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