Get used to this phrase, because you’re going to be hearing it a lot. Especially if the Supreme Court slam dunks the Patient Deflection and Unaffordable Care Act into history’s ash can tomorrow.
One of the defining characteristics of the modern Left is its constant appeal to a “higher moral authority.” For a group with a sizable cohort of atheists, they are positively giddy in their devotion to morality. You hear it from them all the time. As my favorite lefty, “David Kahane,” writes in Rules for Radical Conservatives:
When we speak of such things as fierce moral urgency, our “morality” is based on absolutely nothing more than whatever suits our purposes, and bears only an accidental resemblance to anything found in such traditional sources of morality as churches and synagogues, or basic common decency…
Although we’ve been able to attract a great many well intentioned or well indoctrinated or, well, let’s call it confused, people to our side, that’s mostly because we’ve so stridently claimed, with no factual basis whatsoever, the moral high ground for so many years that it is now socially unacceptable to oppose us.
President Obama thinks a lot of things are the right thing to do, whether shoving Obamacare down the nation’s throat, unilaterally changing the law on illegal immigration, making recess appointments when the Senate is not officially in recess, and simply refusing to “faithfully execute” duly passed laws, such as the Defense of Marriage Act. As Sen. John Kyl said to Bill Bennett on the radio, “impeachment is always a possibility.”
The farce that was the Clinton trial in the Senate — aided and abetted by the Senate Republicans and presided over by the late Chief Justice Rehnquist, wearing a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta costume — pretty much ensures that we won’t see another impeachment in our lifetimes (unless, of course, it’s of a Republican president). And, in any case, Kyl was speaking speculatively, answering the question of how to rein in a runaway chief executive.
But the larger issue — of lawlessness at the executive level in the name of a “higher morality” — remains. As my character “Kahane” explains above, there is in fact no moral basis for the Left’s bogus morality; it’s just its usual lust for power dressed up in Judeo-Christian trappings in order to seduce the gullible, the devotional, and the feeble-minded. It’s “American taqiyya” in action, asking “what would Jesus do?” while watching Alinsky’s Lucifer give you two thumbs up.
True, there’s a sucker born every minute, as Barnum famously said. But even (in Glenn Reynold’s phrase) “self-identifying rubes” eventually come around once the disparity between kind word and brutal deed becomes too evident to ignore. So how can we help them?
The first thing is to stand up say: it’s not the right thing to do. Because we’re talking principles, not programs.