In the campaign to ratify the U.S. Constitution, one argument advanced by proponents of the document is that it would create a stronger federal government better equipped to defend the nascent republic from foreign belligerents.
The prescience of this thesis is borne out in Ian W. Toll’s book, Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Foundation of the U.S. Navy.
These are sad days in America. It’s gotten so that I can’t enjoy watching one group of overpaid athletes outplaying, outthinking, and generally pulverizing another group without the whole thing devolving into a political controversy.
In their haste to denounce Indiana’s religious freedom law (before it was revised) as a license to discriminate, critics not only threatened a treasured American principle, they lost sight of a fundamental truth about human nature.
To paraphrase the insurance commercial: People discriminate. It’s what they do.
You may not have noticed it, but recent news items out of several Islamic countries recounting efforts to enforce religious laws have been horrifying.
In Iran, several young men and women were jailed for making a video of themselves dancing together. In Sudan, a wife and mother has been sentenced to die for being a Christian. And in Pakistan, yet another young wife and expectant mother was stoned to death allegedly for the sake of her family’s honor.