I haven't gone away, just have been doing more thinking than writing over the past week. That's not actually a bad thing... I never intended for this blog to be constantly updated, but I found myself getting into that habit.
Something I've been pondering: in the American Revolution, there were a lot of ancillary issues that weren't settled at the time, the most notable being the issue of slavery. Abolition wasn't an unheard of philosophy at the time, but it was still a fringe issue. The same could be said for women's rights at the time. It was a side issue that never managed to get tied in to the larger issue of independence (no matter how hypocritical that might be). The central issue that brought so many disparate people together was, eventually anyway, independence.
Conversely, I wonder what our central issue is today, and what other related issues are going to prove to be side issues without enough traction or support to gain mainstream acceptance. Any thoughts?