The political Left often criticizes American exceptionalism, as though the country has nothing to celebrate because of its past sins. Conservatives point to our Constitution and the inalienable rights it documents. Applicable to all and not granted by government, they are the things that attract immigrants here.
After the Parkland, Florida, school shooting tragedy, teen activists took adults to task for not protecting them with better gun control. Some adults suggested we lower the national voting age to 16 because teens have common sense about guns that adults lack. So, 16-year-olds are smarter and wiser than their elders about governing in general?
The impact of declaring sanctuary status is something both Pierce and St. Croix county residents need to carefully consider before local governments take action. Do any of us know what our elected officials and law enforcement agencies think about immigration laws?
Conservatives are accused of wanting to return America to minority discrimination, white male supremacy, female reproductive enslavement, unequal opportunities and hypocritical Judeo-Christian moral tyranny. Please. Many simply think that discarding some social norms for the sake of "progress" has produced less male-female relationship stability, less community cohesion, fewer children raised with two parents and more rejection of the Ten Commandments as rules for harmonious living.
By the time this column appears, readers will have heard most of what can be said about mass shootings, why they happen and how they might be stopped. The country is still divided over what or whom to blame for the carnage—guns, a violent culture, or people.