Editorial submitted by Conrad Doyle
President George Washington, in his farewell address, reminded the nation that morality is key to the freedoms we have as a nation.
“’Tis substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule indeed extends with more or less force to every species of free Government”.
I received a letter and clipping from a long distance buddy this past week in which he began his letter with the above paragraph.
A true northern friend that writes under a pseudonym, enjoys baiting his readers with headlines that are guaranteed to raise a few hackles, and man did he ever.
He raised the notion that when Thomas Paine penned his famous “These are the times that try men’s souls” pamphlet he, according to my buddy, wrote this with the intent to insult the segment of society that believed morality ,or the lack thereof, was the root from which war and dissention sprung.
Most wars that I am familiar with have in fact been waged over issues that pertain to morality, religion, good vs. evil...and yes... God.
Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address to the nation ,given just weeks prior to the end of the Civil War, offered a “message of forgiveness” to southern slaveholders, as he believed slavery was evil and against God’s will for our nation, and the scourge should be purged.
“It may seem strange that many men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not that we may not be judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither is answered fully.
The Almighty has his own purpose.”
It was clear that this subject of morality was the central point of contention between the states. Southern slave owners felt no guilt or shame about owning another person and resented the northern infiltration and judgement. Both sides felt they were standing for what was right. Both claimed to worship and live according to God’s standard of right and wrong, good and evil.
This past election cycle seemed to me to be more about good versus evil, or what I perceive to be the party of good intentions versus the party of evil intentions. The party of life versus the party of death. Both parties believing themselves to be Christians and doing God’s work. One party believing in the sanctity of life, the other believing they have the right to choose which life has value.
So, I guess it does boil down to morality. The last election cycle proves that as a nation we have a vast chasm between those who live with a sense of morality and those that think morality is the taproot of evil and suppression.
How anyone can claim to be a Christian and support mass murder via abortion is confusing to me. Nancy Pelosi actually believes that abortion and other immoral actions should be considered good things because “we are doing God’s work”.