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Legislating Morality

The other Angry Fat Man's post about morality in politics brought something to mind for me... You can't legislate morality.

Politicians have been trying to force their moral code on the common citizen for a long time and it is still happening today. One of the biggest failures in the attempt to legislate morality was prohibition. Prohibition was undertaken by an outspoken minority that pushed and lobbied the government about the evils of alcohol and how people who used it were bound to be degenerates. The government eventually acted and in 1920 a constitutional amendment was passed saying that the use and production of alcohol was illegal. After a short 13 years, the politicians took a look at it all and decided that there was no way to effectively enforce the law, so the amendment was repealed.

To me, this sounds a lot like what we are going through now... We have politicians wanting to amend the constitution to "protect the sanctity of marriage." Come on, guys... Do you really think that two gay men or two lesbian women who want to say they are married lowers the value of my marriage? Umm.. .no. It doesn't affect me at all. You are merely trying to push your morality off on other because the thought of two people of the same sex in a relationship makes your sphincter pucker.

Face facts, legislating morality is something that will never work. Morals change over time. You can create legislation that protects people from dangerous activities and from infringing on other people's rights, but not morality.

"Morality is herd instinct in the individual. " - Friedrich Nietzsche

Comments

hear hear!! i couldn't agree more.


btw...the taco soup is DEELICIOUS. i like it better than chili.

at least i am hoping it was you that sent AJ the recipe. if not, i apologize. *chuckle*

I just thought of a good one....look at our founding fathers and all of the hubbub surrounding the fact that a majority of them were morally bankrupt and that we were founded by a bunch of revolutionaries and pirates!!! How can we be morally righteous when you have that kind of basis or at least start to your government?!?!?

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