Morality of Politics
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ONE NATION UNDER GOD
The Pledge of Allegiance states, "One nation under God," and the United States Mint stamps, "In God We Trust" on U.S. currency. Millions of Americans have said one time or another, "For the love of God and country." We relish the words in Irving Berlin's, "God Bless America." Even though this country was founded on the principles of separation of church and state, there is a movement to declare the United States a Christian nation.
ROE V WADE
In examining morality in politics, I think first we need to look at the hot topics of pro-life and birth control. If anything can stir the passions of people straddling both sides of the fence, it is these two issues. The neo-conservative Christian movement makes no secret how zealous they are in attempting to reverse Roe v Wade. On its surface,"Pro-Life" certainly sounds moral and honorable, yet I question the validity of the argument, especially when delving deeper into the consequences of such a movement. If a child or woman is raped, one needs to ask if it is morally correct then to further victimize the abused by forcing her to carry their attacker's baby to term? Should a minority group, i.e., "Right to Lifers" be allowed to impose their tunnel vision of religious beliefs on the majority of society?
IS THE DEATH PENALTY MORAL
Is it morally correct to embrace capital punishment? Do we turn a blind eye to the innocent people who have been executed? The media is full of stories referencing ego driven and aggressive detectives, along with prosecutors who will stop at nothing to get a confession. Finally, a suspect will succumb after long and tiresome questioning. Even when DNA evidence clearly points to a person's innocence there are still prosecutors who will refuse to explore the new evidence? Is this viewpoint ethical and moral?
ARE WE ALL ENTITLED TO EQUAL HEALTH CARE
If your religious beliefs have taught you that all life is meaningful, then, how can you be against Health Care Reform? The country that I hold so closely to my heart is a melting pot of individualism and choices. By and large, we are a hard working people who know all too well the sacrifices of long hours, missed vacations, going to work ill and cutting short earned maternity or bereavement times. Then, through no fault of our own we end up with a job loss and with that loss we no longer have health insurance. Of course, there are low-level wage earners who can barely scrape by and these contributors to our economy and society can not afford health coverage because the cost is so prohibitive. Shouldn't all people be entitled to receive some level of medical treatment? Is it morally or ethically correct to treat one sick and ailing child and not another, simply because they do not have health insurance coverage?
BUSINESSES NEED REGULATIONS
Of course big business, the oil and gas industries, manufacturing, and the banking industry neither have a desire nor an interest in accepting governmental regulations. We have polluted rivers, streams, lakes, soil, wells, deforestation, flames coming out of faucets and people have died, been diagnosed with cancer or other chemical-related diseases due to poisoning and still these same culprits proclaim their ability to self-regulate. Is it morally and ethically just to put company profits over the health and safety of our citizenry? Even as I write this piece, Florida's state politicians have banned state employees from using the words, "climate change" or "global warming." I can only assume that Florida's governor Rick Scott, in his infinite wisdom, mistakingly believes if you don't say global warming or climate change then it simply won't happen.
EVANGELICALS, GOD AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY
The evangelical right will surely have a hand in the nomination process for the next Republican candidate for president. Their interpretation of God's values, all wrapped up in the American flag, is what stokes the fires in the hearts of this segment of society. In this group's hardened philosophy, one will find the thinking that marriage should only be between a man and a woman. They despise homosexuality with a passion and think it is a lifestyle choice. Is it not a contradiction to shout from the rooftops your love of God and then try to deny equal rights to everyone? The last time I checked, love doesn't know the gender and rather it comes from the heart. Is that a Christian value? If we look with an open mind at marriage between a man and a woman, then we also should examine the Bible reference to the marriages between a man and several women because those unions are mentioned throughout.
EQUALITY FOR ALL
Let me point out I was raised Protestant and consider myself a Christian. I was brought up with a code of equality for all and that every single person should be treated with dignity and respect no matter what their socioeconomic circumstances, skin color, nationality, sexual preference or religion.
GOD, COUNTRY AND GLUTTONY
The right wing and Tea Party, although claiming they do not want judges legislating from the bench, have embraced the Supreme Court ruling that corporations are people, thus tipping the scale of election fairness in favor of banks, the ultra wealthy, big business and Wall Street. "For the love of God and country," (a cough, cough) corporate arrowheads are aimed at the bullseye of profit. Obviously, the mega rich and big business do not follow the teaching of the Bible in regard to excessive earnings equating to gluttony.
CORPORATE AMERICA IS NOT MORAL AMERICA
Corporate America is not moral America and that you can take to the bank, or the stock market or to an offshore savings account.
WRITTEN BY: DENNIS L. PAGE
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