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Janice
08-26-2013, 12:43 PM
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Do you think the men in black are truly good at heart?

The Surprising Reason Americans Are Vulnerable to Moral Relativism

One of the scourges of the modern American mindset is the moral relativism which holds that no culture is better than any other – subject to the caveat that America’s is actually worst. This view allowed Michael Moore to apply the “freedom fighter” label to al Qaeda, a definition that works only if one describes them as fighting for the people’s “freedom” to be unwilling subjects of Islamic totalitarianism. Likewise, it was under the banner of mushy relativism that Barack Obama likened the struggle to the death between two tyrannies in Egypt, one secularist and one Islamist, to some inchoate American “democratic journey [that] took us through some mighty struggles to perfect our union.”

Moral relativism is a staple item in the leftist arsenal because it’s hard to destroy a society that believes in itself, and all too easy to destroy a society that’s been convinced its values are valueless. An unexamined issue, though, is how it came about that Americans so quickly abandoned their belief in American exceptionalism. Shouldn’t late 20th/early 21st century Americans have had at least a little pride in themselves?

After all, despite her failings (one cannot whitewash our past conduct towards blacks and Indians), America is an admirable country. Neither our national identity nor our laws demand that we wipe out races or religions from the earth or that we rejoice in the death of innocents. When we go to war to defend ourselves, we view with despair, not enthusiasm, the fact that even just wars kill innocents. We therefore do not intentionally target noncombatants, and we judge ourselves harshly when they die. Having said that, we also understand that, when it comes to innocents and war, sometimes the greatest gift we can give them is to destroy the tyranny that rules their lives.

On the home front, although poverty persists (with its pervasiveness being measured differently depending on political outlook), we’ve never had famine and we’ve gone for generations without epidemic diseases. We have universal education, although there’s no doubt that children stuck in Democrat-dominated school districts get the short end of that stick. Leftist cries to the contrary, we are no longer a country of racist laws or, for the most part, racist behavior. Women have full rights and, indeed, are doing better economically and educationally than men.

At no time before in human history have as many people lived as well, whether one considers longevity, child mortality, available food, wealth creation, transportation… whatever. Our credo is to free people, not enslave them, and we have tried to do so around the world (with mixed outcomes) for almost 100 years. We are indeed an exceptional society.

Given that, why are we so willing to agree that all other societies – including those premised on imprisoning women; killing Jews, Christians, and gays; and depriving individuals of all basic freedoms – are just good as ours? This delusion is both pathological and pathetic, yet it’s strong enough to render us incapable of defending our culture and our nation against attacks by other nations – nations that, by any other metric, should be at best pitied and at worst despised.

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Stultified by moral relativism’s inherent denial of reality, the Left can only insist that, until an ideology’s adherents actually fire up the death camp ovens, we must ignore any evidence that the ideology is leading to the gas chamber. >>>

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Cant say that agree with the whole thing but, it is an interesting and thought provoking article.