The Worldnutdaily publishes a column by Rabbi Aryeh Spero that claims that liberals have redefined conservative terms and it’s time for the right to “reclaim our conservative moral language.” But he stands history completely on its head in making his argument.
As an idealistic and religious people, Americans have shaped societal issues within the framework of moral narratives, be it abolition, civil rights, or matters of war and peace. The candidate running for president who could best articulate a vision that reflected the prevailing moral nomenclature already embedded in society’s consciousness most often won. He did so because what he expressed touched something already deep within the electorate…
We have allowed the political left to hijack and corrupt the moral language, terms such as compassion, fairness, tolerance, love, social justice, greed, peace. Let 2013 be the start of an era in which we take the language back and infuse it with its original religious and classic meaning. That is my goal in “Push Back: Reclaiming our American Judeo-Christian Spirit.” We need once again to own our historic moral vocabulary. The rekindling of our conservative moral language will not only ameliorate individual character but is also good politics.
How amusing. He actually mentions civil rights and abolition as places where the “left” has “corrupted” our “moral language.” But as anyone who has studied history knows, the “moral language” of Christian conservatives were, in all of those battles, against civil and human rights. Christian conservatives always opposed those advances in liberty and equality and they made their arguments in explicitly moral and religious terms. In each case, from abolition of slavery to giving women the right to vote to ending segregation and the Jim Crow laws, they claimed that God himself was against those attempts to grant freedom and equality to those denied those things for so long.
The genuinely moral case was always in favor of progress, of course. The only thing the right had to offer were quotes from the Bible, not serious moral arguments. It is immoral to oppress women, blacks, gays and anyone else, no matter what they think their bronze age God commands. That moral language is indeed important, but it is conservatives who have corrupted it by substituting alleged divine command for any attempt at genuine moral reasoning.
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