America's 2019 Choice: Flourish Or Wither
Charles Krauthammer’s The Point of it All should most definitely be on your reading list this year. The book’s name is especially salient, as he was finishing for the world his final collection of “things that matter.” I have been an avid admirer over the years and always appreciated when his opinions reflected my own. We agreed probably 98% of the time, and I am sure he would have been much comforted to know that I overlooked his two percent transgression with grace.
One particular passage in the Introduction was worth an immediate thoughtful critique. It is an observation of how people are governed that has been demonstrated for better or for worse (and far too often for worse) throughout the eons of history. Unfortunately, some of our politicians are ignoring those obvious truths—even when it’s staring at them from 2019 headlines. He states:
While science, medicine, art, poetry, architecture, chess, space, sports, number theory and all things hard and beautiful promise purity, elegance, and sometimes even transcendence, they are fundamentally subordinate. In the end, they must bow to the sovereignty of politics . . . because in the end, they must bow to everything—high and low and most especially high—lives or dies by politics . . . because of its capacity, when benign, to allow all around it to flourish, and its capacity, when malign, to make all around it wither. (p xxv)
As we move forward in this somewhat chaotic new year, I will be introducing commentary on current events and related topics. No American student should be ill informed about basic issues that affect his or her life, family and/or community. After all, if you aren’t already eligible to vote, you will be in the foreseeable future. These posts are intended to help you develop a broader appreciation of American life. We'll look at its opportunities and strengths and discuss its challenges. I hope you’ll join me as we delve into important discussions over the next several weeks!