Culture War
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?

Virus exposes two standards of justice

5/9/20
by Sharyl Attkisson,
from The Hill,
5/8/20:

Amid the great political divide that seems to have gotten drawn during the coronavirus pandemic and the response to it, there’s an awakening of sorts. In some cases, it separates right from left. But sometimes, it’s where left meets right. It has to do with liberty and double standards.

Not since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has our society been so severely tested in terms of how far we believe our government must go, can go, should go, or dares to go when it comes to controlling us for “our own good.” A persistent problem is the public’s recognition that, as the government takes action, it is neither omniscient nor always benevolent. It doesn’t always know what’s best. Yet, it seizes the authority to command us, to act upon its beliefs and misconceptions alike, and to impose solutions and controls, whether right or wrong.

All of this is neatly encapsulated in the outrageous case of the Texas hair salon owner sentenced to a week behind bars and a $7,000 fine for doing something that was considered an inalienable right just a few short months ago: operating her hair salon business.

Apparently more serious than the acts committed by thousands who have been released from prisons and jails because of coronavirus fears...

Former Trump national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn allegedly lies to FBI agents, and the book gets thrown at him. But a supervisor on his case, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, gets caught lying to FBI agents about a leak and escapes prosecution.

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