We have unfortunately developed a climate in this nation where seething anger and intimidation, including threats of violence, are becoming the hallmark of our discourse. It is as if we are sitting on a mass of churning lava, that erupts in one place or another every day. Waking up to view the news is almost always dismaying.
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Kelvin Cochran rose from poverty to become one of the first African-American firefighters in his hometown before becoming the fire chief from the entire city of Atlanta. His story is a remarkable one, but in recent years he's become better known for a legal battle that started with a book he wrote about his Christian views. Not long after he finished it, he was fired for it, which started a courtroom conflict that has raged on.
In the Claremont Review of Books, we have described our current political scene as a cold civil war. A cold civil war is better than a hot civil war, but it is not a good situation for a country to be in. Underlying our cold civil war is the fact that America is torn increasingly between two rival constitutions, two cultures, two ways of life.
You surely understand all the challenges facing our country. You’re likely bombarded with reminders of these challenges each time you go online or turn on your TV. Yet, I want to share with you a different perspective of your country—that of a 22-year-old Ukrainian woman who was born in the shadow of the Soviet Union and spent most of her young life amid the backdrop of revolutions and war.
From the New York Times: The call had come again. Brent Taylor, the mayor of North Ogden and a major in the Utah National Guard, would be going to Afghanistan for his fourth deployment. He told his constituents about it on Facebook in January, leaning into the camera to explain that he had been called to serve his country “whenever and however I can” “Service is really what leadership is all about,” he told them. He did not make it home.
I used to tell people that teaching is the most fulfilling profession in the world, and it was. But thanks to union domination of our schools and their influence on local, state and national elections, my precious profession is no longer attractive to many highly gifted teachers, and those who try to remedy the situation are often punished for their efforts.