ETHICAL ISSUES: ETHICS IN POLITICS

NEWS FLASH!  Don’t waste time looking.  Spend it voting, because ethics in politics is virtually non-existent.

Too severe?  I don’t think so.  Professional politicians (that’s what they are, because they’re certainly not serving the public) didn’t get rich on the job by representing their constituencies.  (If they were truly representative of their constituencies, most of their constituencies–US–would necessarily have to be rich—wouldn’t we?)  No.  They’re power brokers.  They got to be millionaires (all 50 Senators are, you know) by playing politics, described in Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary as:  “to engage in political intrigue, take advantage of a political…issue, resort to partisan politics,…exploit a political system or…relationships, to deal with people in an opportunistic, manipulative, or devious way…”  Sound familiar?  Anyone paying even slight attention to current events will know this description is accurate.   And for

ETHICAL ISSUES: The Ethics of ABORTION

ABORTION:  UNETHICAL

Abortion is always unethical because it is in opposition to what is, and life IS. And since what IS must perforce be true, and truth IS, anything other than truth is false.

“All men are created equal…”  True or false?

A fertilized egg is the conception—creation–of life without which humanity is impossible.  And since life is truth, life is ethical.  Abortion is premeditated murder.  Abortion is unethical.

OK.  So abortion is unethical.  But is it wrong?  Well, ethics has always been about what’s true, right and good.  It would appear that what’s unethical is wrong, and since abortion is unethical, it should be wrong.

But what if it’s the answer to a problem with no other apparent solution?  Is it still wrong?

Well, it’s still unethical.  But who says you

ETHICAL ISSUES: The SECOND AMENDMENT

ETHICS and the CONSTITUTION

Reads: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Simple enough. It’s about First Principles—the right of the individual to security. http://www.extremeethics.org/?p=183

Note the preface which explains the reason for the protected individual right (the entire Bill of Rights is about individual rights). The militia is necessary to the security of a free (meaning non-authoritarian) state. It’s a free country, after all.  The militia is composed of individuals for their mutual protection (“We, the people”) of their individual rights. “Well-regulated” does not mean government-controlled; this would be self-defeating. It means “of the (responsible) people.” Nor does government determine who is responsible.  Government exists for the purpose of securing equal protection of individual rights. The whole people constitute the Militia. It has the right of revolution and

THE CONSTITUTION: THE FIRST AMENDMENT

ETHICS and the CONSTITUTION

The First Amendment to the Constitution protects religion from government but not the reverse, and in no way demeans religion or its effects.

Freedom of religion is ensured by the First Amendment, as are other freedoms as well. But in cases where a religion conflicts with our Constitution or its protections, the Law must prevail. This is the case with Islam, which along with its (Muslim) religion includes an ideology (embracing Sharia Law) that does not recognize the freedoms ensured by the Constitution but is instead in opposition to them. The Qu’ran is in direct conflict with our inalienable rights among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and human rights generally. It  does not tolerate any religion other than Islam (further evidence of our Judeo-Christian roots—Islam was not in any way a factor in our founding and is not supported by

ETHICS ISSUES and The Law of The Land

ETHICS and THE LAW

Stressing First Principles is one of our hallmarks.  First Principles—givens and/or absolutes—are the foundation upon which everything rests—WHAT IS.  They simply ARE, and there’s no getting around it.  Light, gravity, truth, life and the rest cannot be ignored or dispensed with.  We normally don’t even think of them because they’re not an issue—they are assumed—invariable and there for EVERYBODY.  They are universal constants.

Our nation is founded upon first principles.  The form of our government is specific and inviolable.  Our laws are a product of the Declaration of Independence and presented in our Constitution.  What follows borrows freely from Professor Edward Erler of Cal State at Santa Barbara.

The first words of the Declaration state from whence the powers of our government come: WE THE PEOPLE.  The first ten Amendments (the Bill Of