19 May 2011

Legislating Morality

"As history attests, men and women of character have a higher probability of doing the greatest good for the greatest amount of people.  Virtue is one of those Judeo-Christian values that throw our educated I-can-do-what-I-want-when-I-want-on-your-dime elites into a snit, but it works -- even psychologists tell us that honor correlates with peace and satisfaction." ~ Stuart Schwartz

"If individuals be not influenced by moral principles; it is in vain to look for public virtue; it is, therefore, the duty of legislators to enforce, both by precept and example, the utility, as well as the necessity of a strict adherence to the rules of distributive justice." - Response to George Washington's First Inaugural Address, May 18, 1789


Chaps said...

Every law ever passed by every legislature that ever sat is one group imposing its ideas of right and wrong on another. If all agreed on morality, law would be unnecessary.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Chaps - you're right.

"If all agreed on morality, law would be unnecessary."

Many on the radical left do agree, which is why they're lawless.

13thBama said...

Part of the problem is that one side believes in the fallen state or depravity of man and the other believes that man is essentially good at heart.

If the latter were true, a lot of people wearing blue would be out of work.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

13B - you are quite right.