Framing the Issue Series
It is apparent in the United States that we are in a time during which national public policy agreement on most substantive issues is difficult to achieve. We have submitted in these pages that the basic reason for this impasse is that a chasm has opened within the electorate between competing visions for the Country.
We stand at about half-and-half, locked in battle. At the root, one side is powered by a collective, socialist, emotional drive for equality. The other side is animated by a personal, experiential, logical instinct for freedom. Thomas Mann observed, "Logically considered, freedom and equality are mutually exclusive." For one half to achieve its vision, the other must yield its dearest aim. Not only are the visions polar opposite, the strategies and tactics are completely different. It matters not a little. It calls for plain talk.
What's in a Word?
In the United States, we have endured the inhumane, corrosive effects of racism. Worse still, the instruments of governmental law and power have been deployed to institutionalize slavery, then Jim Crow. Lest we forget, a partial descripton of the latter is in order. So writes Dr. David Pilgrim, Ferris State University: "The Jim Crow laws and system of etiquette were undergirded by violence