What’s DecenT?

“I believe the Left has been wrong on virtually every great moral issue in the last 30 years.
Israel’s war separates the decent left from the indecent left
By Dennis Prager

During that period, it was wrong on the Cold War — it devoted far more energy to fighting anti-communism than to fighting communism.

It was wrong for attacking Israel for its destruction of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor.

It was wrong on welfare.

It was wrong in its demanding less morally and intellectually from black Americans than from all other Americans.

It was wrong in advocating bilingual education for children of immigrants.

It was wrong in generally holding American society rather than violent criminals responsible for violent crime.

It was wrong in imposing its view on abortion on America through the courts rather than through the democratic process.

It was wrong in teaching a generation of men and women that men and women differ because of socialization not because of innate sex differences.

It was wrong in reducing sex to a purely biological and health issue for a generation of young Americans.

It was wrong in identifying “flag waving” with fascism.

It was wrong in supporting the teachers’ unions rather than students and educational reform.

It was wrong in allying itself with trial lawyers and blocking tort reform.

It was wrong in blocking the military from recruiting on campuses and teaching a generation of young Americans that “war is not the answer” when war is at times the one moral answer.

It was wrong in arguing that America is not based on Judeo-Christian values, but on secular ones like Western Europe.

It was wrong in advancing multiculturalism, which is an extreme form of moral relativism that holds all cultures morally identical and which is a doctrine designed to undermine American national identity.

In just about every instance, one could say that the Left was foolish, the Left was naive, the Left was wrong, even that the Left was dangerous. But in all of those cases, one could imagine a decent person holding any or even all of these positions.

But we now have a bright line that divides the decent — albeit usually wrong — Left from the indecent Left.

The Left’s anti-Israel positions until now were based, at least in theory, on its opposition to Israeli occupation of A-rab land and its belief in the “cycle of violence” between Israel and its enemies. However, this time there is no occupied land involved and the violence is not a cycle with its implied lack of a beginning. There is a clear aggressor — a terror organization devoted to Isl-amicizing the Middle East and annihilating Israel — and no occupation.”

What has become of the “morality” put forward by American society and what of the guidelines we once shared for the behavior of our people in American society.

We once shared the Judeo-Christian ethic. We chose days which are devoted to certain rituals, Sabbath and Sunday, which we based on the commands of God.
We once shared rational ideas of how to minimize the harms that people suffer, the fair punishment for crime, which we based on reason and common sense.

Sex “offenders” were not permitted to live in our midst.

We once shared common perceptions of what was known as “etiquette”.
We may have applied these norms to behavior that is considered less serious than the kinds of actions to which morality usually applies, but nonetheless, politeness and respect were seen as crucial to a functioning society.

What we bear witness to on the left leaning side of the world..or the Liberalism of the day…..is a morality of ethical egoism, namely,the view that one ought to take one’s own self-interest as the overriding guide to behavior.

In other words, one ought to do what is in one’s own self-interest, although a distinction should be made between what is really in one’s self-interest and what is only apparently so?

What do you suppose results when people are solely motivated by their own interests and desires?

Just remember sweet friends, The very term egoism derives from the word “ego,” the Latin term for the English word “I”.

People act for a myriad of reasons.
The question is:
For whom, or what, should someone act?
Soley for themselves?
for God?
or for the good of the world as they see it?

Perhaps, before one acts at all, one should ask oneself if his or her act is “morally praiseworthy”.

Self interest is not inherently evil.

It can even be applauded if it leads to the betterment of society as a whole.

Will society benefit as a result of your behavoir?

After all, my friends………
Altruism is the opposite of egoism.

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9 Responses to “What’s DecenT?”

  1. Phil says:

    Dennis Prager is great on these moral issues of our day.
    Dennis Prager is what was once called a Liberal but as he says it was a time when Liberals who did hold these values now have changed since the mid to late 60′s. He claims that he was a John F. Kennedy Liberal and by todays standards that would be a Conservative, which I happen to agree with.

    After all which President said: Ask not what your Country can do for you, but what you can do for your Country. I’ll remember that like it was yesterday.

    I was at the age of where I was starting to watch politics on the old black and white tv set back when Eisenhower was President and it has never seased to amaze me on how much of a “U” turn that the Democrats made since Lyndon B. Johnson.

  2. Shayne says:

    You have done it again, Angel. What a great post!

  3. KKarL MmMM says:


  4. hNAV - 'Brooklyn Boy' says:

    the left has been wrong…

    there is little doubt about this…

    wrong to nominate John Kerry as well…

  5. Gayle says:

    This is great, Angel! I’d say the left has been wrong! LOL!

    You should go visit Old Soldier’s Blog. He has a post on morals too. You could do a trackback.

  6. DL says:

    The leaders of the left have offered license to their disciples, not freedom -freedom only comes from following those rules inherent in mankind -natural law and Judeo-Christian principles.

    What a cruel awakening await the masses of followers of the left if they ever win control of it all. There will be no freedom under a total secular humanist state, and there will be no license – the individual will succumb to the state in all things as its slave.

    Great post -keep the barrel hot and the ammo coming!

  7. Brooke says:

    Angel, you are SO introspective and eloquent! You always leave us with a juicy tidbit to chew on.

  8. Angel says:

    Thanks y’all….lets all keep the barrel hot and the ammo coming!… :)

  9. benning says:

    Prager is right. Good post, Angel! Thanks!