Also, re: morality. We have been conditioned as coastal liberals to wince at talk of morality because is associated with Christian moralizing, right-wing attempts to legislate morality, the hypocrisy of “family values” movement, etc. The result is a wishy washy moral relativism. The golden rule is simple. Don’t hurt other people. Done. This is absolute. Natural law doesn’t pick and choose. It exists whether we adhere to it or not. Many are coerced or led or culturally set up to do immoral behavior for survival (in ghettos, in military, in mafia) with no knowledge or understanding of the cumulative effect.