The domino theory of the Viet Nam war held that we had to fight there to prevent all of South East Asia from turning to communism. Subsequent events long ago disproved this particular belief. However, domino theories, based on equally unreasonable fears, still abound.
Last March, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reportedly said that the United States’s failure to hold anyone accountable for the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, contributed to the Russian incursion into Ukraine. Graham’s suggestion, that any incident, however seemingly unrelated, might set off an avalanche of dire consequences is a domino theory.
In a column on Jeb Bush, printed today in the local Gannett papers, George Will explains the danger of Common Core education standards which Bush favors. Will writes:
…the federal government will not stop short of finding in Common Core a pretext for becoming a national school board.
How does Will know that, one wonders? Will also warns that Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination, has “stripped colleges and universities of a crucial component of self-government.” Self-government requires the right to discriminate on the basis of sex evidently.
President Obama has proposed a modest program, myRA, to make IRA retirement accounts available to workers whose employers don’t provide one. While it is a reasonable, conservative proposal, it is decried by some as a step that would inevitably lead to a takeover of all IRA accounts by the federal government.
About domino theories we need to ask: “how do they know that.”
© William Hungerford – January 2015