“The greater good”

That’s how Bruce McQuain describes the tendency of liberals to excuse any and all behavior if it’s in pursuit of “the greater good.”

Case in point: Darragh McManus praises the blood on Che Guevara’s hands. He writes [emphasis mine]:

Yes, Che was ruthless and fanatical and sometimes murderous. But was he a murderer? No, not in the sense of a serial killer or gangland assassin. He was one of those rare people who are prepared to push past ethical constraints, even their own conscience, and bring about a greater good by doing terrible things.

Whether morally justifiable or not, there is something admirable in that — pure principle in a world of shabby compromise. Maybe this is why Che remains such an icon, both in image and idea.

Yes, Che is an icon, even though he was a murderous thug. He wasn’t concerned by those trifling things like, oh, morals, because he had a vision. So did Charlie Manson, but I digress.

Obama, too, is one of those “rare” people who is prepared to push boundaries by thuggery and abuse of power. Attempting to intimidate the Supreme Court counts as thuggery. It’s the Chicago way. Bryan Preston writes:

President Barack Obama used his press time today to launch a frontal assault on the judicial branch of the US government. Speaking to press in the Rose Garden, the president said “Ultimately, I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”

That “strong majority” came entirely from the Democratic Party, which was defeated in the 2010 mid-terms over dissatisfaction with the ObamaCare law. The majority of American voters did not support ObamaCare’s passage and still want the law repealed. So, the president’s call amounts to an appeal to keep an unpopular law intact just because his party passed it and he signed it.

That “strong majority” consisted of fewer than a dozen votes out of over 400. Overwhelming strength, no? Obama appealed the SCOTUS to consider the “human element.” Dear Mr. Former Constitutional Law Professor (what a joke!): there is no “human element” in deciding whether or not the law is Constitutional. But that’s what “the greater good” is all about, isn’t it?

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5 Responses

  1. I recently read a book called “The Fate of Man in the Modern World” by Nicholas Berdyaev. One of the points he makes is that whether you take capitalism or Marxism or socialism, that at the end, every worldly system is dehumanizing, but it is with Christianity that we can rise off the plane of these systems, and it is with Christianity that the need of the individual and the “greater good” merge. So, once you take Christianity out of the equation, you’re left with inhuman alternatives.

    • That’s an interesting premise, Katja. And by the fate of countries who have removed the humanizing influence of Christianity (or, you could argue “Western Heritage”), you may be right.

  2. “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”…and that seems to be where we are headed with this administration and that is how they will get us there, by telling us it is for “the greater good”.

    • Agreed, Stu.

    • My husband says this all the time. It absolutely applies to the liberal mentality.

      Speaking of liberals, I just saw a local notice that moveon.org is holding a community organizing meeting at my local library. 😦 I basically live in the belly of the beast (SF bay area) but it’s so depressing when they are organizing out here in the ‘burbs.

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