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Many from both the right and the left bemoan the state of the American culture today. Whether it is the lack of positive images in TV, movies, music, politicians, sports figures, police in schools and more, freedom and morality are discussed as being in conflict with each other. Benjamin Franklin once wrote on the subject: "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need for masters." This should ring true to you today as we debate not only our eroding culture, but the role of government in our lives. Are culture and the need for more government control more connected than we realize?

The Democrats’ Fake Outrage

2/28/19
from The Wall Street Journal,
2/28/19:

The survival of three Virginia Democrats is grand hypocrisy—and a return to sanity.

One of the many memorable things Willie Nelson has written is that it’s funny how time slips away. Willie didn’t mean funny ha-ha. He meant funny odd. And in our hyperpoliticized time what’s funny is how liberal outrage slips away.

It was only yesterday that Virginia’s three highest officials were on their way out for capital crimes against the racial and sexual dogmas of modern liberalism—Gov. Ralph Northam for the blackfaced and hooded Klan figures in his medical-school yearbook, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax for two sexual-assault allegations and Attorney General Mark Herring, who outed himself for a blackface transgression nearly 40 years ago. Here is how the New York Times teed up Mr. Northam the day of the yearbook revelation: “He faced intense pressure on Friday night to step down, as Democrats moved swiftly to send a zero-tolerance message.” Swiftly?

The logical fall guy was Gov. Northam. His yearbook offense was a twofer: the blackface figure and, worse, someone in a Klan hood. (He admitted then denied he was one of the pictured young men.) That would have let Mr. Herring, the least bad abuser, keep the party’s hold on the statehouse. Say goodbye to all that. The outrage has receded to a trickle. The three men remain in office, and the chances any will leave are about zero. You have to hand it to someone—Mr. Northam or the identity-politics crisis team he hired (naturally it has spawned an industry)—who figured out that the smart play was to gut it out, albeit with a now-mandatory display of groveling and apologies. Hypocrisy? Of course, and on a grand scale. A double standard? Who can doubt it? If this were happening to the top three Texas Republicans—Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton—the national media wouldn’t have let up for a day until they quit. But maybe there is a third way to view what has become of these Virginia episodes. Why not call it a return to sanity about what should qualify as cause to obliterate an individual’s career?

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