Why Ambiguous Morality Hurts America

Why Ambiguous Morality Hurts AmericaWhy Ambiguous Morality Hurts America

So the government has shut down for the day.  Who knows how long it will last.  I don’t know about you, but I honestly don’t care.

And by don’t care I mean, I’m so sick of the political posturing and “he said”, “she said” mentality that I could scream.   I’m sick of 10 second sound bites that are full of blame and name calling rather than solutions.

The worst part of the whole thing is the fact that both sides are arguing that they have the moral high ground.  The problem with morals is that when you pull the moral card you are always right.  How do you argue about someone else’s morals?

After all, their morals are based on their individual beliefs and ideals.

The problem with politics is that morals seem to twist and turn with the current political winds.  I could reference multiple speeches by President Obama contradicting various stances he has made on issues over the years.  I’m sure I could find the same contradictions with pretty much every member of the house and senate.  The true problem is their ambiguous morals that are constantly changing.  What I wouldn’t give for a politician who actually keeps the same moral code year after year.  I don’t even care what side of the isle they are on.

I could reference multiple speeches by President Obama contradicting various stances he has made on issues over the years.  I’m sure I could find the same contradictions with pretty much every member of the house and senate.  The true problem is their ambiguous morals that are constantly changing.

What I wouldn’t give for a politician who actually keeps the same moral code year after year.  I don’t even care what side of the aisle they are on.

Don’t misunderstand my lament.  There is nothing wrong with changing your feelings towards a particular subject.

For example, I used to be fairly indifferent towards gay rights.  Over the last couple of years, my stance has shifted significantly.  My shift has occurred as a result of careful thought and isn’t based on trying to please my friends.  If anything I’ve become more liberal in my views than most of my friends.

The problem comes when we shift our views to fit in with the crowd or in the case of our political leaders to win over our constituents.

As American’s it is our responsibility to hold our political leaders responsible for their actions.

If I ran my personal finances like the government runs theirs I would be broke, friendless (from all the lies), and starving.  Their moral high ground is meaningless when their morals are hurting the very country they have sworn to serve.

Why is it so hard for political leaders to understand that America is strong and all we want as American’s is an opportunity.  I don’t need the government to provide everything for me.  I want to succeed on my own merits, not on the back of someone else.

I want my hard work to translate into something I can be proud of.  In short, I want my actions to matter.

My actions matter most when my moral compass isn’t being constantly shifted according to the world around me.   My moral compass is strongest when I choose over and over to live by the values and ideals I’ve chosen for myself.

I want my moral compass to constantly direct, as Robert Frost would say, towards the path less traveled.

So while congress sits and bickers like little children I’m going to focus on what I can change.  I’m going to continue to work hard and expect the best out of people.  I’m going to continue to attend my church and serve others.  I’m going to continue to get to know my neighbors.  I’m going to be the best wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend I can be.

My moral code calls for nothing less.

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