Blast from the Past: ‘What is Morality?’

morality2by Jerry Broitzman, (former) Vice Chairman of CPoW, Milwaukee County Affiliate

The Constitution Party of Wisconsin (CPoW) considers morality as Job #1.  If the moral order is restored to the decision making process, then sound social and fiscal decisions will follow.  Most people can see the logic in this, even if sounds too “religious” for them.

John Adams said that we must have a moral and religious people in order for our constitutional form of government to succeed.

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.” – John Adams

However, what is morality?  In our current culture of moral relativism, morality is “being true to one’s self.”  In other words, if I believe it to be true and I am somewhat consistent in that belief, then I am being “moral,” so long as it does not hurt anyone else.  Has a nice ring to it, right?  Well, every murderous dictator throughout history has been “true to one’s self,” so there is a very fundamental flaw in that way of thinking.

But let’s use a different, hypothetical example:  Let’s say, for instance, that I truly believe everybody should dye their hair purple.  If everyone in America dyed their hair purple, we would all have something in common and be less suspicious of each other.  As such, the crime rate would plummet and we would live harmonious, productive lives.  Remember, I truly believe this, I have been consistent in this mind-set and it doesn’t hurt anyone.  Therefore, I am being moral.  Because I am a moral human being, I begin a multi-year, national campaign to implement my idea.  Over time, the US Congress is convinced of the merits of my idea and passes a law:  All Americans must now dye their hair purple.

Does this sound silly?  Well, congress passes laws in this manner every day.  Without an objective moral standard, the majority will determine what kind of laws are passed, no matter how silly they appear.

At CPoW, we believe in the moral absolute as found in God’s Word, the Bible.  Now, just to prevent confusion, we look to the King James Bible for the true Word of God.  Our Founding Fathers did the same, so we must be on solid ground.  It is clear that our Founding Fathers derived the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution from biblical principles.  Currently, the United States has strayed far from it.  We intend to bring it back on course.  We will restore the moral order as found in God’s Word and restore the constitutional principles on which this country was founded.  At CPoW, morality is Job #1.

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