If the President Is Going to Be So Powerful, Can We Ask He Also Be Good?
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Excerpt: Individual liberty can build social solidarity in at least two key ways—through understanding and action. First, it’s vital to understand that our rights are interlocking and dependent. The right to free speech or right to free exercise of religion cannot exist just for me and not for thee or they are not “rights” at all. They’re mere exercises of power. Thus, when a political opponent wins a court victory vindicating individual liberty, I win as well. When he loses, I lose. And that brings us to the unifying action —a legal corollary to the Golden Rule. Since their victory is also our victory, we should fight for the rights of others that we would like to exercise ourselves. [I only agree with David French about 40% of the time. I think he has overstated his case in the headline part of this article, but the second part–which I have quoted some of above–is exactly on target. Even twins and triplets are born one individual at a time. We mature, grow, learn, and develop one individual at a time. We make our decisions, take our actions, procreate, and ultimately die, one individual at a time, even if we do it in groups of individuals. Surely our justification, salvation, or condemnation will be as individuals, not as groups. No matter what groups you may fall into, those are largely beyond your control. There’s no such thing as “group guilt.” Just individual responsibility. Ron P.]