RALEIGH — Do the ends justify the means? This familiar question produces strong feelings precisely because its answer is necessarily complicated. Just about all of us admit to a scenario, such as the proverbial ticking time-bomb, in which we would countenance unsavory means if required to save lives. In general, however, most religious and ethical traditions teach that we are not permitted to use injurious or unethical means to accomplish even noble ends.
Among all the labors of mankind, nothing seems to say, “I am no longer a spring chicken,” quite like that of heading to the lawyer’s office to update one’s last will and testament. We start life young and carefree, proceed into the exciting yet tumultuous teen years, make it into our young adult life, marry, have children, and fill out our first will with a cavalier “it doesn’t really matter what is in this puppy, I am going to live forever anyway” attitude.
On Thursday, Joe Biden announced that his administration would implement vaccine mandates for all federal employees and those of federal contractors. He also said that he would urge the Labor Department to look into requiring vaccines for companies that have more than 100 employees. Conservatives screamed about government overreach and denying people’s rights. One commentator tweeted, “Well I guess we’ve settled the question of whether Trump voters are coming out in the midterms …” I don’t think so.
Greg Abbot and Ron DeSantis are two of the flashiest, crassest, and most authoritarian politicians in the United States of America. Each man has established himself as a field general in the MAGA revolution, downplaying COVID-19 and punishing those of their residents who deign to part ways with the Trumpian political program that they recognize as the sole acceptable creed. Owning the libs is paramount. Autocracy is the order of the day.
It is almost hard to fathom the fact that two decades have crumbled into the abyss of history since two buildings crumbled into the abyss of jihad. No one old enough to remember that day will likely ever forget where they were or what they were doing when nineteen Islamist al-Qaeda terrorists from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Lebanon hijacked four commercial jetliners and slammed them into the World Trade Center as well as the Pentagon, and likely in the fourth instance had designs on the U.S. Capitol Building.
RALEIGH — According to the most-recent ranking I can find, North Carolina requires state-approved licenses in more occupations (nearly 200) than most other states do. North Carolina licenses twice as many occupations as Virginia does, and three times as many as South Carolina.
You could start with the fact that he still believes in slavery, I suppose, if you wanted to get a sense of what Chuck is really like. That all by itself would seem to be enough for everyone to steer clear of him. But there is so much more to this guy than that…
What if thousands of third graders disappeared? Wouldn’t we go after them? That’s what happened with COVID. Thanks to the pandemic, children have lost more than a year of traditional, in-person learning. Now, North Carolina needs to get it back for them.