The death of Ahmaud Arbery—a young black man in Georgia—has highlighted some big issues in the rule of law.
Last week we saw an arrest of two white men charged with murder and aggravated assault and the fatal shooting of the 25-year-old.
Once video of the incident surfaced on social media, the story rightfully exploded all over the media and the public consciousness.
Many are rightly asking why it took 74 days between the shooting and an eventual arrest.
The Attorney General in Georgia on Sunday announced doing just the right thing, that Georgia would ask the United States government through the Department of Justice to conduct an investigation—as the DOJ is uniquely equipped to do.
This is exactly what the rule of law looks like and we’ll be watching the case closely.
For now, our prayer must be with the Arbery family and with that community as they grieve their loss and as we look for justice.Read More »
One silver lining in the dark coronavirus cloud is the revival of federalism, the old-fashioned idea that not every issue has to be decided in Washington. While most every policy issue—from education to health care and beyond—has traveled a one-way road from states and local governments to Washington, the coronavirus crisis rediscovered a leadership role for state and local government.
Early on we learned that states like New York, California and Washington needed to address the crisis more quickly and their governors began to lead. In California, there were higher concentrations in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, so mayors and county commissioners took action. Important work was done well before there was a national consensus, and these laboratories of experimentation informed larger policies.
This is exactly how the founders saw our government working. Hooray for the revival of federalism.Read More »
It came at 2:41 AM on the 7th of May, 1945, the final unconditional surrender of Nazi forces. The surrender came as Nazi General, Alfred Jodl, came into a room and signed the unconditional surrender, which at that point was only 234 words in five paragraphs. That’s all it took.
But actually behind it, what it took was the death of approximately 100 million human beings in both theaters of the war. It took the largest military effort in all of human history to defeat Nazi Germany, but Nazi Germany was finally defeated. Adolf Hitler had committed suicide in his bunker in Berlin. Nazi Germany was a vanquished foe, and the unconditional surrender to which the Allied Forces had agreed was absolutely necessary. Finally, it was in hand.
Dwight David Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces, would call General Omar Bradley and say simply, “Brad, it’s over.” And it was.
Sometimes, human history comes down to moments like that, moments we dare not forget—now 75 years later.Read More »
In a tough time, here is something worth saying: Happy Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day is a throwback to an era when it was clear that biology drove identity. With fatherhood, motherhood shaped personal existence. Motherhood was also distinct from fatherhood; mothers bless their families in countless ways, cooking, nurturing, teaching, and loving.
Motherhood has suffered many attacks of late. But it is not extinct, and we need it greatly. In a pandemic, many around us are watching mothers do even more than normal, with little time for release, relaxation and rest. Yet in such trying circumstances, gold is refined, and emerges all the brighter for it.
Some today do not adequately appreciate motherhood and womanhood. But many of us do; at least we try to. We watch mothers work their craft every day. We celebrate them; we thank them; with the deepest affection, we say that we love them.
Happy Mother’s Day.Read More »