October 18, 2016 1:00 AM
Each side needs other in constitutional debate
Conservatives value the Constitution as the sociopolitical bedrock of our nation and society, largely unchanged and unchanging. Liberals see it as living, breathing document, the meaning of which changes with circumstances and the needs of the times.
There is some truth on both sides of the argument. But both sides are wrong in making an ideological “either-or” out of a logical “both-and.” They are also wrong in using them as self-righteous or politically correct weapons against those who oppose them on reasonable or historical grounds.
Despite the heated and often sophomoric arguments, serious students prize and need both. Common sense tells them that the tried and true experiences of the past are a more secure foundation for life and breath than the shifting sands of current hypothesis and modernized ideology. Common sense seeks guidelines for meeting present needs while preserving continuity with the past that defines us.
The problem is not in the documents or in human reason, but in the personal stubbornness and ideological limitations of those who want their own way no matter what.
They may claim that the Constitution, the Bible, or the American way are important to them. But their behavior suggests that getting their own way is the point of their policies and tactics and that historical relics are little more than convenient props in their narcissistic campaigns.
One day that point will run us all through unless we learn to engage one another honestly and openly on the actual issues in dispute, without obscuring them with partisan rhetoric, and with irrelevant issues that are above the fray or, at least, beside the point.
New to-do item
Note to self: Tomorrow speak with the squirrels about Councilman Jason Arp wanting to bring guns into their living quarters.
Chamber to aid students with postsecondary plans
With so much uncertainty plaguing our country, it’s a welcome relief when everyone in Indiana can play a role in an important initiative. That initiative is critical – including making sure our young people are ready for college or a career.
The effort to provide promising futures for all received a major boost with the Sept. 30 announcement of an up to $30 million Comprehensive Counseling Initiative from the Lilly Endowment. The Indiana Chamber, through the work of its foundation, is proud to partner with other organizations in assisting educators and engaging employers in this critical work.
The Indiana Chamber Foundation has supported a series of studies over the past three years to identify best practices and counseling models. This new initiative will make financial resources available to help schools best meet the needs of their students.
Employers have a crucial role to play. The Indiana Chamber, with 24,000 members and investors, is in the best position to build upon the educator-employer connections that have begun to occur with more frequency in our state.
Our organization’s Indiana Vision 2025 plan calls for at least 90 percent of Indiana students who graduate from high school to be ready for college and/or career training. With the endowment’s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative, talented and dedicated education professionals in place and employers prepared to play an active role in meeting future workforce needs, we are ready to work toward that goal and beyond.
Learn more about Indiana Chamber Foundation research at www.readyindiana.org and the endowment initiative at www.lillyendowment.org/ed_ci.html.
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation
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