In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics. Each is indispensable to civilization. Without law, we should be at the mercy of the least scrupulous; without ethics, law could not exist.
I remember first hearing this quote from my American History and Government teacher in high school and it has always stuck with me. I found it tumbling around inside my head recently after viewing all the pictures from the One Nation rally.
There is no doubt that it was a much smaller affair than the Glenn Beck event.As we can tell from these comparison photos:
But I think we can be lulled into a false sense of security based on these pictures. As I alluded to yesterday in my post “The End of the Beginning” I fully expect the Left to become much more enthusiastic over the next year as the legislative battle becomes fully joined.
What I think are much more revealing actually are the photos of litter all over the Mall.
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I chose this image rather than the pictures of the Socialist Party banners because what I want to talk about today is the ETHICS of the two different sides of the political debate.
The first side of this debate is dominated by the Capitalists. The founders believed that Capitalism was the only truly moral form of economic and political order as it values the individual over the state. While I found Beck’s rally at times heavy-handed, he is right in one crucial respect. We must become a more ethical country. We must value virtue in individuals rather than celebrity or wealth. And when we become a more ethical country we will find the question of whom to vote for a simple task.
This is already happening as we see the laws the current congress is passing not able to be borne up by the ethical values of the nation. As the tea party movement continues to educate Americans on the true foundational ethic of liberty and the individual responsibility which goes along with it, increasingly more and more bad laws both past and present will begin to sink beneath the waves and founder on rocky shoals of electoral enlightenment.
Those that oppose us however as we can see from the detritus of their rally are the Capitolists. They do not value the individual, but support the idea that all power and economic decisions should be made in the Capitol. Which is why they have little investment in the values which are enshrined in our monuments. Their ethic is precisely the opposite of the what those monuments stand for and their litter is actually a perfect metaphor for their political position: “It’s not my responsibility to clean up our country, it’s the federal government’s.”
Law is always based on an ethic. Do we want our laws to be based on a Capitalist ethic or a Capitolist ethic? That is our choice.
Find the ethical voice inside yourself, and vote accordingly.