Closing Thought–29Jul20

Once again there will be a limited amount of post…..drafts that I have saved will have to do….I apologize but eye surgery early today.

Surgery on Right eye went well…..doctor s pleased with the progress…..now today he will do the Left eye.

I am apprehensive about another surgery on yet another eye.  But Having to deal with blurry eye and good eye trying to decide which eye to close…reading is a bother (something that does not sit well with me).

Hopefully I can return to a normal posting schedule after 7 days…..there is so much happening these days and so much I am missing (I hate that)…..

Once again I hope these drafts will meet with your approval….and I appreciate your readership and your bearing with me and my eye stuff.  I promise I will get back to normal as soon as I can…..

Thanx everyone….

Stay well….Stay safe…..

I shall return as soon as possible.

“lego ergo scribo”

American Mind–Civics Class–Part 3

Part 3 in my series on American Civics…..

Gulf South Free Press

GSFP is trying to gt its readers to reengage with the civics that is needed to make accurate decisions…..Part Two and Part One can be accessed here…..https://gulfsouthfreepress.wordpress.com/2020/07/16/american-mind-civics-class-part-two/

Religion has played an important part in our “American Mind”……

This is a continuation of the series on Real Clear Public Affairs…..this part covers the religious aspects of the American mind…..

There is no doubt that religious attachments are declining throughtout the Western world, with many young people affirming an amorphous attachment to being “spiritual” while jettisoning the rules and rituals that belong to traditional religion. Many intellectuals have gone further and promote a militant and aggressive secularism at odds with the mainstream American political tradition. In an insightful discussion of the public role of religion in American democracy, the political scientist Carson Holloway demonstrates the essential place of religion in America’s political culture. None of the Founders were political atheists: for all…

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A Necessary Evil?

I have often heard the statement that something is a necessary evil…..I may sure that you have as well…..but what does the statement actually mean?

A Necessary Evil…….something bad or unpleasant that you have to accept in order to achieve what you want…..

There are few things that I could say are necessary evils…..

I, for one, consider yard work to be a necessary evil.Mr Waldegrave’s shambolic performance in the press conference was a necessary evil.We do not look at government as a necessary evil.It may be a necessary evil, but it is surely an evil.However, the authors, like most others then and now, saw those shortcomings as a necessary evil in maintaining control.They’re a necessary evil, like the woman who sawed off all my lovely hair.Lawyers are a necessary evil that I try to use as little as possible due to their cost.Bureaucracy was also a necessary evil to cope with the ravages of war.They viewed such methods as a necessary evil, unavoidable yet somehow beneath their dignity.

All this confusion is from something the “Mouth Of The South”, Tom Cotton, had to say about slavery….

“As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built.” That’s how Sen. Tom Cotton described slavery in an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Friday. The Republican was speaking out against the 1619 Project at the time, a New York Times-based curriculum examining the history of slavery in the US. Cotton has introduced a bill that would reduce federal funding for any school that uses it, the Hill reports, but he’s now facing criticism for his comments on it. In context:

  • “We have to study the history of slavery and its role and impact on the development of our country because otherwise we can’t understand our country. As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built, but the union was built in a way, as Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction.”
  • Cotton also said that the US should not be portrayed as “an irredeemably corrupt, rotten and racist country,” but “as an imperfect and flawed land, but the greatest and noblest country in the history of mankind.” He added, “The entire premise of the New York Times’ factually, historically flawed 1619 Project … is that America is at root, a systemically racist country to the core and irredeemable. I reject that root and branch. America is a great and noble country founded on the proposition that all mankind is created equal. We have always struggled to live up to that promise, but no country has ever done more to achieve it.” A director of the project was among those criticizing Cotton, but Cotton’s response to her got retweeted by the president himself: “Describing the *views of the Founders* and how they put the evil institution on a path to extinction, a point frequently made by Lincoln, is not endorsing or justifying slavery.”

I do not agree with “whatsisname”…….it was only necessary for the owners of plantations to get rich….

Any thoughts?

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