There are several reasons not to intervene militarily in another country’s conflict, even modestly. One is the potential for mission creep.

The political left has been campaigning against the use of force since at least the 18th century. So it is not surprising that they are now arguing that heavily armed or aggressive police forces only inflame protesters and thus provoke violence.

The rise of the brutal Islamic State, with its unspeakable violence against innocents, is an appalling but unsurprising outcome of the last 100 years, including seven decades of neocolonialist American intervention.

Even those of us who are used to seeing politics get pretty tough and dirty are startled by Governor Rick Perry's August 15 indictment by a grand jury on two counts of abusing his office.

If we can't be bothered to stop and think, instead of repeating pat phrases, don't expect to live under the rule of law. Do you prefer the rule of the media and/or the mob?