|The left has scolded and we have rolled over like lame ducks|
Why do we 'separate' moral values from politics these days?
I get pluralism and tolerance, but why not 'include' morals and values in our tolerant pluralist discourse?
Anti-intellectualism is one reason that comes to my mind.
Overall, we conservatives are really passive and wimpy when it comes to publicly standing on our morals.
We almost apologize for our morals and hide them. In politics, the conservative politicians literally form their answers to avoid mentioning the word morals and replace it with 'values' and 'laws'. Values can 'conflict' without passing judgment. For example, "well, you like to work, make money and keep it. Good for you. I respect your values but think you should give it all away to the government. That's my value." You can oppose views without any moral "ought" that otherwise would transcend an individual opinion. (I shutter to think if we ever had a debate that the individual is not God and their opinion is not the center of reality)
Morals on the other hand 'imposes' a moral imperative on others; meaning "A" is right and "B" is wrong. Therefore do "A". This does not sit well with the 'left' in Canada.
The left have kicked our butts and silenced us from sharing our morals without massive reprisal. We conservatives should admit they 'got us' on this matter (for now). We are silent pansies tip toeing around each issue: least we are called a whole bunch of names.
Before we spout 'morals' and change the world, I think there needs to be a debate outlining that there is nothing logically wrong with introducing morals into political debates...especially if our goal is to strengthen families.
Secondly, we need to silence the left particularly in the area of their claim we are something bad or wrong if we determine something is a moral issue. On what 'moral authority' does the left think they stand sovereign over us and instruct us on what our thinking is? I blog and say something is 'immoral'...what's the big deal? The very act of the left 'condemning' my "intolerance" is a moral imperative they are imposing on me. They say, "thou shall not impose your morals on me"...which ironically is a moral judgment in and of itself.
That is hypocrisy. I say enough.
Step 1. Dismantle the lefts bogus straw man argument: 'avoid morals and use words like values and laws'
Step 2. Be free and debate your morals without fear
Step 3. Live them out by loving others
Love is not based on agreement, so love your neighbour, both on your right and left.