Good and Evil: Confusion or Malfeasance?

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for and sweet for bitter.” – Isaiah 5:20

At a recent White House press conference, press secretary James Carney took a leading question and delivered one of the most morally obtuse answers imaginable (story and video here). The leading question from Chip Reid and response from Carney:


CHIP REID, CBS NEWS: “This weekend, when the Vice President was laying out all the things that you have to do and how much — when he said you have to ask those who are struggling in this economy to bear the burden and let the most fortunate among us off the hook, he said that borders on being immoral. Does the President agree with that?”

JAY CARNEY, WH PRESS SEC: “Why, I think he does. Yes.”


Naturally, this is all framed in liberal-speak. The “most fortunate” are people who work hard every day and, because of their diligent efforts have been able to keep a job. (That is not to say that diligent, hard-working people never lose their jobs – it does happen. But if anybody is keeping a job, it is those who are by and large productive.) Letting those people “off the hook” means allowing them to keep the produce of their efforts instead of forcing them to fund more and more government programs.

Where do we begin with this perversion?

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Life and liberty. The free exercise of these two gives rise to productive activity among men. It is a direct result of unalienable rights endowed by our Creator (or so we used to believe). And yet the government claims a moral right to seize said life and liberty for its own purposes. Perhaps those rights weren’t as unalienable as we thought.

My Bible says to “owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:8). And yet, Mr. Carney and Mr. Obama insist that they can, on our behalf, borrow against our future productivity to pay for their social engineering programs now; obviating my best efforts to owe no man anything … and that this is moral.

Mr. Obama and Mr. Carney insist that, while God has made us free and given us the right and responsibility to choose whether we will follow His will, they know better than God and, in the name of morality, will enslave us to pay for what is “good” by their accounts.

Immoral? To balance the budget, to cease from spending future productivity on behalf of future generations for vote-buying giveaways now … immoral? To count the costs and pay out only what we take in, to balance the budget … immoral? To save the next generation, or own children, from utter financial ruin at the hands of your social experimentation … immoral?

What do we do when a class of people, the ruling class, sets themselves above the law? What do we do when they establish that they are higher that we and closer to God, and that we ought to simply submit to their all-knowing wisdom to understand what is or is not good, right, and proper?

How did Jesus confront this issue?


And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! ” – Mark 7:6-9


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