Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Moral Issues

The general consensus seems to be that voters were more concerned about 'moral issues' than about war. And everyone seems to respect the dichotomy. How can anyone -- let alone everyone -- consider war not to be a moral issue?


  1. "Moral issues" is a euphemism. On the one hand, it's almost heartening that such a euphemism is necessary-- it indicates a certain amount of discomfort with the actual issues (abortion, gay marriage), or perhaps a discomfort with the idea of forcing one's personal religious beliefs on an entire nation. On the other hand, "moral issues" has such a comforting sound to most people that they'll never re-examine what they mean by it, so that's... less heartening.

    My moral values involve not fabricating evidence to pre-emptively attack another country without adequate resources for our own troops or a plan for reconstructing their nation, and not completely wrecking the only planet we've got custody of at present, but hey, maybe that's just me.


  2. Man, what crazy 'values' you two have--I mean, how do I become better off simply by there being less carnage in places I'd never even want to vacation in? Weird.

    It has been a really depressing semester. My class overwhelmingly supports Bush and his policies without having a clue as to what those policies are and week after week they nod and smile when we talk about Mill or Rawls and then turn around and support that beastly little man. I'm starting to see why they didn't think that philosophy classes would be valuable.