Saturday, March 6, 2010

Moral imperatives and freedom

Via Instapundit I came across a very interesting post by John Stossel, Keep Your Laws Off My Body.  Mr. Stossel makes a very compelling argument for personal freedom but it was his quote from Albert Camus that caught my eye, "The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants."  That pretty much sums it up, doesn't it?

In my previous post, Paul Krugman is quoted saying, "Today, Democrats and Republicans live in different universes, both intellectually and morally."  More plainly put, Krugman believes that Democrats are intellectually and morally superior to Republicans and as such, Democrats know what is good for society.  In Krugman's overreaching smugness he is advocating tyranny for our own good.

Health care and Cap & Trade are two examples of the Left trying to impose their world view on the rest of us.  If you listen to their arguments it always comes back to we know what is best for you.  Everything is a moral imperative.  But their advanced thought capabilities aside, the Left has been wrong at every turn.  They have been wrong because they wouldn't know a moral imperative if it flew up their fascist tailpipes.

Freedom, self sufficiency and self determination are moral imperatives-dependency on government is not.  In fact, when the Left advocates for government interference rather than personal liberty, their position is immoral.

The truth is, those of us of average intelligence have managed to navigate through life quite well.  We rise to a level of success commiserate with our own efforts.  Our welfare is our own and we neither need nor want the false security of tyranny.


RightKlik said...

Great post.

Theft via government redistribution certainly isn't moral. It's petty jealousy and envy dressed up as morality.

Statist lefties aren't really concerned with morality. They more concerned with their insatiable appetite for power...and their warped sense of "fairness."

Bob Belvedere said...

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