Thursday, October 13, 2016

Obama Makes More Moral Sense than Franklin Graham

President Barack Obama:
"When finally the guy that they nominated and they endorsed and they supported is caught on tape saying things that no decent person would even think, much less say, much less brag about, much less laugh about or joke about, much less act on."
. . .
"You claim the mantle of the party of family values, and this is the guy you nominate?"

Compare with Franklin Graham:
"The most important issue of this election is the Supreme Court. That impacts everything. There’s no question, Trump and Clinton scandals might be news for the moment, but who they appoint to the Supreme Court will remake the fabric of our society for our children and our grandchildren, for generations to come."
No. What makes the fabric of society is the moral values and principles of our citizens. They are what impact "our children and grandchildren, for generations to come."

Supreme Court decisions, like Supreme Court justices, come and go. Sure, they have impact, but they can be changed. But, if we believe the end (Supreme Court justices) justifies the means (immoral and indecent leaders), we are already lost.

John Witherspoon (Thanksgiving Day, 1782):
"It is a truth of no little importance to us in our present situation, not only that the manners of a people are of consequence to the stability of every civil society, but that they are of much more consequence to free states, than to those of a different kind. In many of these last, a principle of honour, and the subordination of ranks, with the vigour of despotic authority, supply the place of virtue, by restraining irregularities and producing public order. But in free states, where the body of the people have the supreme power properly in their own hands, and must be ultimately resorted to on all great matters, if there is a general corruption of manners, there can be nothing but confusion. So true is that, that civil liberty cannot be long preserved without virtue. A monarchy may subsist for ages, and be better or worse under a good or bad prince, but a republic once equally poised, must either preserve its virtue or lose its liberty." (emphasis added)


MAX Redline said...

Sadly, I'm afraid that our country has already lost its virtue.

T. D. said...

I thought this might be the one presidential election where I could avoid feeling sick to my stomach because I'm not invested in either major candidate. So, it doesn't matter to me if they win debates, etc., or not. But, I feel even worse. It's the voters this time.

MAX Redline said...

I don't like either of them, but take a degree of solace in the fact that votes on the left coast don't matter anyway.

T. D. said...

Yes, I am comforted by that. I keep reminding my friends, both pro and anti-Trump that they don't need to be anxious. They can do what they think is right without the weight of knowing it will matter nationally.