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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Beware the "Lesser of Two Evils" Trap

A thought-provoking article from David Kupelian about how the Founders chose the "lesser of two evils" to prevent our constitutional republic from being strangled in the cradle.
So if, rather than casting your ballot for Romney/Ryan, you vote for a third-party presidential candidate like the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson or the Constitution Party’s Virgil Goode, or write in some name like “Jesus” or “God” or “Ron Paul” (I cite these examples since some people are claiming this is how they will cast their vote for president), or if you refuse to vote, you are knowingly contributing to the continued reign of Barack Obama, the most catastrophic president in history, whose actions of late have bordered on treason and who has almost destroyed America in four years and will complete the job in four more.


Damian P. Fedoryka said...

Oh! The temptation of being gods!
If I am not mistaken, there is no place where the Church teaches that abortion can not lead to a great good, - such as saving, by means of abortion, the life of a mother of ten children each of whom, due in part, to her devoted care goes on to abolish hunger, nakedness, homelessness, ignorance and other social evils, including dishonesty among politicians and sophistry among academics. In other cases, such intrinsic evils as fornication or adultery or contraception can produce great goods. So can stealing, and lying. One could then, with Kupelian, praise the wisdom of a mother who secures the necessary medical care for her child by committing adultery with the “provider.” No great imagination is necessary.

But the Church has never used the calculus of good and evil consequences of an intrinsically evil activity as a justification the performance of or participation in such acts, not even by the plausible but sophistic expedient of “intending the good”.

Only an assumption to the contrary makes Kupelian’s argument logically plausible but unsound. The temptation of standing above both good and evil as the product of one’s own activity give it a psychological attractiveness. One becomes the lord of both evil and good, using the one to produce the other. The objective judgment remains: Kupelian’s “founding fathers” were morally wrong in providing constitutional protection for slavery. No wisdom there. Only the desire to do good at any price but at no cost to oneself. Smart financial strategy, that!

Unknown said...

YES, I got the message from this post ...wonderful article .

I must vote for LIFE and the present EVIL in office . We cannot have four more years of this evil that would destroy everything .
That is very clear to me !
God have mercy on the USA and deliver us from evil!

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

But Dr. Fedoryka, even the Church looked the other way on slavery, as did St. Paul when he told slaves to obey their masters. Did the original constitution include slavery or did the founders who wanted to eliminate it withdraw their opposition? I don't think that's quite the same thing.

Damian P. Fedoryka said...

Did St. Paul mean "obey" as in "fetch my food" or as in "do the abortion thing"? Would he approve enacting consitutional protection of slavery. Enacting does not seem to be the same thing as tolerating an existing immorality and injustice.
I would add here that Christ told us to love our enemies. You are right, this is not the same thing as looking the other way on unjust aggression ... or unjust legislation.

A Voice for the Silent Majority said...

Romney and Obama: 'Anti-founders'
Exclusive: Alan Keyes rebuts Kupelian column on slavery as 'lesser of 2 evils'