"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.


One quick add-on to the piece on the Pew study, a statistic developed nationally but of special import to the Northwest.

The question was asked of everyone surveyed, which of these two views would come closest to your view: “It’s best for the future of our country to be active in world affairs,” or, “We should concentrate on problems here at home.”

Every religious tradition chose “here at home” over “active in world affairs” – nearly all by big margins – with just two exceptions. For understandable specific reasons, Jews went for “world affairs” by 53% to 37%. Just behind them, however, is a less-expected group – by 51% to 37%, Mormons agreed – the only other group on that side of the choice.

Worth thinking about in national electoral politics.

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