In the first Harry Potter adventure, a pithy statement is attributed to the villain, Lord Voldemort. He described his own worldview thusly: “There is no good and evil. There is only power and those too weak to seek it.”
Now, that serves as a fairly reasonable motto for the political Left in our day. It is the functional ethic of all liberalism. Oh, to be sure, they’ll prattle on like tonsured prelates about what everyone else should do to live in a manner that is good and right. Also, they’ll preach for days in breathless indignation over the evils they see in their opponents.
But behind the curtain, good and evil are nothing more than useful labels to them. They can’t be more than that, and the reason is that liberalism is the politicized denial of God and His laws. Deny that God’s commandments are, in fact, binding on people, and you’ve effectively done away with the concepts of good and evil.
By asserting that point, I am only repeating what the foremost atheistic philosophers have always acknowledged and taught. In atheism, there is no reason for maintaining categories like good and evil, since there is no transcendent law-giver or judge.
I bring all this up because it is this quote from Voldemort that has bounced around in my head since ABC news famously jumped the gun last weekend in announcing that the Aurora/Batman shooter may have had Tea Party ties.
On his radio program on Monday, July 23, Rush Limbaugh asked what the possible motivation could be for broadcasting unconfirmed information like this, without bothering to find out for sure whether it was true. Well, our old pal, Tom Riddle knows the answer. It is because good and evil don’t really matter: it’s all about the acquisition of power. Nothing more.
The truth of a thing, the ethical/moral questions surrounding any particular action, are simply not of any great importance to the Left. All that matters is raking in more control, like so many poker chips.
Conservatives and Liberals simply play by different rules. We think good and evil matter, for starters. We think truth is preferable to error. We deny that the ends justify the means. And we stand around flabbergasted every time the Libs demonstrate that none of this applies to them. Catch conservatives applying a double standard, and we hate that. It embarrasses us. Catch a conservative acting unethically, and other conservatives will agree it’s a bad thing.
The Liberals have no such concerns. They’re in it for only one reason: to win. They don’t care how. By truth-telling, or by lying, either way. Ethically or unethically, they merely wave the concerns away with a scornful look. Who cares? Six of one, half dozen of the other, as grandpa used to say. There’s no good and evil. It’s all same-same.
The heir of Slytherin would be proud.
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