authority can be a very valuable thing in many cases. generally speaking, law enforcement officers work to keep people safe. doctors work to keep people healthy. IRS officials work to keep people honest.
people need leadership, direction and help; when those cases arise, authority can be a wonderful thing.
however, authority can also be horrific. especially when individuals give themselves wholly to an authority that does not truly exist in the most fundamental sense of the word.
authority becomes a problem when we allow institutions to have it. and it begs the question, why do we continue to give institutions authority when said institution has proven itself incapable of appropriate leadership
homosexual marriage has, in the past, been a talking point to drive voters to polls in spite of issues that really matter to the country. bush jr. promised his base on several occasions gay marriage would never be legal in america, even dancing around conversations of constitutional amendments.
without postulating on the psychology of those for/opposed to gay marriage, a logical examination of the issue allows one to draw only one conclusion:
the tennessee state senate passed a bill that allows students to use taxpayer-funded vouchers to choose which school
they would like to attend. initially, the bill is designed to only allow vouchers for students in families who meet certain low-income requirements.
on the surface, allowing parents and students to determine where they want to go to school is a great idea. there are students who strive to be exceptional, yet are trapped in an unproductive environment because of their geography.
unfortunately, there are problems with the legislation, and they are substantial
the Tennessee House has passed a proposal that ensures teachers won't be punished for allowing students to critique scientific fact
. on paper, that's exactly how education should work. interactive learning where students are encouraged to critically think about the information they are presented and do research on subjects in order to create their own deliberate, structured theories open for peer review would be the type of environment that would take american education to the next level.
the problem, unfortunately, is reality doesn't always allow things that look good on paper to be properly executed.