“RIGHT YOU ARE AS YOU THINK YOU ARE … EVEN IF YOU’RE A SOCIALIST”
We believe strongly in the notion of circumstantial discernment … the idea that the same action can be either right or wrong based on the context in which it occurred.
That’s different from relativism, though. Relativism is the broader belief that right and wrong do not exist in absolute form. The guiding principle of this philosophy? “Right you are as you think you are.”
We reject that ….
In every situation, there is absolute right and absolute wrong … as well as the spectrum of human behavior lying betwixt. We either act in a manner consistent with the right, or we don’t. And while there are those who look for ways to explain away their moral failings in the present age, that does not absolve them of eternal culpability.
Anyway, we pondered a lot of this in writing recently on U.S. president Barack Obama‘s controversial visit to Cuba – especially his decision to embrace of the legacy of Che Guevara.
We were also especially interested to see whose idea it was to pose below Guevara’s mural during the Cuba trip …
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Yup … just call him the Photo-Opportunist-in-Chief.
Anyway, Obama followed up his overture to impressionable progressives with some interesting remarks on a subsequent trip to Argentina – the South American nation that former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford (who joined Obama’s delegation) once mistook for the Appalachian Trail.
“So often in the past there has been a division between left and right, between capitalists and communists or socialists, and especially in the Americas, that’s been a big debate,” Obama said. “Those are interesting intellectual arguments, but I think for your generation, you should be practical, and just choose from what works. You don’t have to worry about whether it neatly fits into socialist theory or capitalist theory. You should just decide what works.”
Wow … that actually came out of the mouth of the leader of the “free world.”
We’ve come a long way from “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” haven’t we?
No. And hell no.
Of interest? Obama’s “ideological relativism” in Argentina comes at a time when the country has decided to tack toward free market reforms under new leader Mauricio Macri. In other words, the leader of the “free world” is seeking to undermine the free market both at home and abroad.
Argentina and America deserve better than this.