I do think it sets a bad precedent by putting U.S. soldiers in local communities, to hold an exercise that will involve running around on private and local public property. This is not something the American people should ever get used to or agree to accept. No training requirement trumps the importance of maintaining our non-militarized public environment. No training requirement, period. A non-militarized public environment in our communities was a core goal of the American Revolution, and has remained indispensable to our national understanding of liberty. It will never not be a latent threat to the conditions of liberty, for the military to treat civilian community spaces as available venues for warfare exercises.Continue reading “Why is Jade Helm 15 play spreading way out into West Texas?”
The ticket price for joining the mainstream debates on many topics these days seems to be ritual ad hominem attacks. Besides being unhelpful, this is evidence of profound societal illness.
The phenomenon isn’t confined to the left. We see it more and more frequently from the right-that-ought-to-know-better – or, perhaps, the right-that-ought-to-have-more-backbone. I wrote about one major instance of it last year during the crisis at the Bundy ranch, when conservative pundits whom we have counted on to bring logic and intellectual courage to public issues suffered “CLIF”: complete loss of intellectual function. They went from being able to talk about things like government limits and property rights to being unable to do anything except rail against Cliven Bundy.Continue reading “Dumbing debate down on the Mohammed cartoon contest and Jade Helm 15”