Esther Cepeda marvels at the Trump administration’s institutionalization of cruelty.
At The American Scholar, Elizabeth D. Samet takes a deep look at the history and meaning of the South’s Confederate monuments and the recent raising of a monument to Ulysses S. Grant at West Point. An excerpt:
The late-19th-century national reconciliation movement—of which Grant’s own coffin, accompanied by two federal and two Confederate pallbearers, proved a potent symbol—continues to shape the way many Americans understand the Civil War today. Grant did not share this understanding. Declaring in his Personal Memoirs that slavery was the cause of the war, he also judged that cause “one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse.”
Martin Longman wonders whether the North Carolina Republican Party presages the future of the national Republican Party.
At The Sacramento Bee, Mike Madrid argues that the anti-vaxx movement is a symptom of the unraveling of the social contract. Here’s a snippet; follow the link for the rest.
The “freedom” the anti-vaccine movement demands is not the garden variety Libertarian notion of individual rights. Instead, it wants a hall pass from the tacit social contract needed to create a civilized society.Our freedoms stop where harm to others begins. We do not get to drive on the wrong side of the road just because we feel we have a right to do so. There are public health consequences to all of our actions, but the anti-vaccine ideology selfishly dismisses the social contract.
This self-selection by anti-vaccine “warriors,” as they call themselves, is the manifestation of a growing self-righteous ideology that believes we have no obligation for the health or well-being of each other. This emerging attitude is precisely the opposite sense of community that drove millions of Americans to be vaccinated in the early days of immunization efforts against polio.
Self-politeness is the politest kind.
At the residence, witnesses informed police that the woman had been attempting to disassemble the gun, not knowing it was loaded. The gun then reportedly discharged by accident, and she was struck in the head.
Even if you are disassembling a gun, you aren’t supposed to point the business end at anyone.
One more time, “responsible gun owner” is an oxymoron.