Religious faith and science have long struggled, often against each other, in the search for knowledge. Man has hungered for explanations since he emerged from the cave, and perhaps before, and the study of nature and nature’s wonders have put science in the forefront of the search for knowledge.
Just who you are can be a mystery. A California lesbian couple is running for both queen and king of the high-school senior prom. Most people are satisfied with being themselves, and jealously guard their ID. It’s difficult to stand apart from the blur in a nation of 320 million, and the explosion of identity theft renders the question, “Who am I?” as more than simply rhetorical.
President Obama continues on the scout for a legacy. He’s defending his economic record, which isn’t much of a legacy, by jabbing at the ghost of Ronald Reagan and the bright economic record he left. Mr. Obama insists that the Gipper’s tax cuts and boom times is a myth. That’s not the way everybody else remembers it.
The great pout of the Republican elites has run its unhappy course. It’s time to move on, look forward and get with the program. Choose your cliche.
The loose lips that sink ships, as in a memorable World War II cautionary slogan, can sink a careless candidate, too. West Virginia was a reliable blue state in 1999 when Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore were preparing for what would become an epic battle for the White House. West Virginia looked safe for the Democratic nominee; the state had not voted for a Republican in 36 years.