"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)

Internationalists

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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