With a new year upon us, we stride confidently or shuffle nervously into the future, depending on how well or badly we think our ever-changing country is doing.
And it does change--customs and laws both. Same-sex marriage is one good example. Utah marked the new year by asking a federal judge to block another federal judge's ruling that such marriages are constitutional. The Supreme Court sidestepped a decision earlier this year but will probably have to rule on it eventually. And more and more states--though still a minority--are saying it's legal.
Other changes involve politics, not law. Washington Post columnist Dana Millbank notes that the two major parties are changing--the Democrats, growing more liberal; the Republicans, more conservative and religious. A Pew poll shows 48% of Republicans believe man has not changed since he first apeared on earth, while 43% believe we have evolved. Four years ago 54% believed in evolution. That's a loss of 11% for Darwin.
So we do change in our beliefs; we are not the people we were a generation or two ago. Tracking those changes is one of the things that make being a reporter fun.