I was born in 1977 and for most of my life if I listened closely enough, somewhere I could hear some leftist shouting “Stop imposing your morality on me!”
Today I’ll be writing about why I agree with them…
This is a piece for the right-minded electorate. And before we get started, try to internalize this and take it with you as you read on: We’ve all heard Sun Tzu’s correct assertion that in order to mitigate opposition, you must understand that opposition. Echoing that, keep in mind that we on the right have an enormous yet entirely untapped advantage over the leftists who oppose us…
If we both want liberty and opportunity for all, and we understand the left’s good intentions but the left see only evil and greed in ours — whose good intentions are likely more intellectually evolved?
It’s more than an interesting observation. It’s an advantage we can put to actionable use if we get our arms around it. And to win the ‘morality’ conversation, we’re gonna have to.
The Left’s Good Intentions
Even those leftists who love America so much that they insist on “fundamentally transforming” it, are operating from a place of good intentions. They truly believe what they’re doing is morally good. The bad news is that since they also believe that the ends justify the means — they’re willing to create as much division, disparity and destruction as is necessary en route to achieving that which they believe to be ‘good.’
But since they can’t say that out loud — since they can’t confess a need to break America down in order to rebuild it — since they can’t tell the electorate that they value “good crises” and thus not only capitalize on but also create them — they must package their goals in a more palatable way. And in 2017, virtually every time, that means they wrap their agenda in “Giving is good.” The goal is a bigger government dictating to smaller individuals so they can (by their estimation) more equitably redistribute resources, but the packaging sounds more like “Be nice” and “Giving is good.”
We see it with cradle-to-grave entitlements, as they demand we must do it because “Jesus was a socialist!”
We see it with amnesty, as they demand we must do it because “The Pope says so!”
We see it when they insist that we adopt their version of “Who we are as a nation,” which always ends up meaning “Give more!” (Never mind that the phrase “Who we are as a nation” chills free speech and implies that we’re a monolith, thereby negating what we are, which is a nation of free and diverse individuals .)
And yes, giving is good. But responsible adults don’t run live their lives, households or businesses on that premise alone — and certainly nor should our government.
An Important Question
I spent years asking anyone who will listen, right or left, this question: Why are murder and theft illegal in the United States?
I get a variety of answers stemming from “Biblical truth” to “Hold the bad guys accountable.”
These, I humbly submit, are merely byproducts.
That murder and theft are illegal in the US has nothing to do with “Thou shalt not kill” or “Thou shalt not steal.” We have these laws because in the US, people are afforded certain rights…like to life, and to property. Our laws may mirror those of so many other nations, but in the United States, they’re less about controlling the behavior of others and more about protecting our rights as individuals.
Liberty’s Incidental Moral Good
If you’re a person of faith then you likely believe that God’s greatest gift to us is life, and that His second greatest gift is free will. In the USA, our Founders codified the gift of free will.
They called it “Liberty.”
Liberty is effectively free will, minus the right to infringe on others’ rights. It’s the sole conduit between your life and your pursuit of happiness.
Embedded with an inherent moral good, it’s the single instance in our founding principles that actually “imposes” morality, and it does so not purposefully — but incidentally. Virtually every other law we have, as noted, is about protecting your rights.
Stop Imposing Morality
Now might be a good time to note that I am a lifelong and practicing Christian. But I argue that we should reject and oppose using the government to impose morality or legislate charity, foremost because in doing so we negate entirely the very merits of both morality and/or charity.
If we’re forced to behave morally or give to charity rather than doing so voluntarily — there’s really no merit to it. It’s no different than robbing someone and giving their money to charity, and then crediting that person’s ‘giving’ nature. Additionally, the more the government forces us to behave morally and/or act charitably — then the less we’ll be inclined to do voluntarily. Consider those who insist that healthcare is a right (it isn’t), but never bothered to ask their own insurers about putting their own uninsured friends or neighbors on their own policies. Instead, they just sit around patting each other on the back for insisting that the government force us all to be as charitable as they never have been or will be individually.
I’m not going to try to social engineer your views by talking about who we are as a nation, but I will say that we should resist becoming a nation that collectively hides behind “we gave at the office” simply because we pay taxes. But when we battle the left in a game of “Who Can Be More Like Christ In The Government” (I’m looking at you, John Kasich), that’s exactly what we’re headed for.
Moreover, and I invite you to correct me if you think I’m wrong — but I doubt Jesus’ big hope for the world was that someday Caesar would force good works through government mandates. It’s far more likely that He hoped we as individuals would find our own way to morality, voluntarily, using free will — and that a nation like the USA which codified that free will, so long as you don’t infringe on others’ rights, likely enables the most fertile ground for each of us as individuals to live out Jesus’ teachings.
So the next time some frothing-at-the-mouth liberal says “Jesus is a fairytale! Stop imposing your morality on me!” at 10AM and by 2PM is saying “Jesus was a socialist! Enact the Pope’s Christian Sharia because it’s the ‘moral’ thing to do!” — you can now hit him or her right back with “Stop imposing your morality on me!”
The next time Elizabeth Warren, or Bernie Sanders, or Barack Obama, or John Kasich, or Jeb Bush claim that morality should guide the United States government and that forcing government-mandated charity and morality is good for everyone, I’d ask them to please leave Jesus out of it as He’s strongly rumored to prefer free will.
Trying to force morality and/or charity — especially through compulsory, corruptible government largess — serves foremost to mitigate not only the value of each, but organic instances of each as well. As the left increasingly use religion and morality to attack us, we should be ready to respond. This post was intended to help, at a minimum, get us thinking about that.
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