Think no evil 2

Is Obama evil? Does he intend to do evil?

Cal Thomas writes at Townhall:

The Obama people are not intrinsically evil. Like someone caught up in a cult, they sincerely believe in the fiction they are peddling: more taxes will produce a healthier economy; the record debt is not a problem; more regulation will result in banks and big businesses operating ethically and for the greater good of their customers and the country; nationalized health care will mean better care for the sick; unrestricted abortion and same-sex marriage are fine; unenforced immigration laws are good because Democrats need to import votes and Republicans want cheap labor.

Maybe he’s right. Maybe Obama intends good and is simply mistaken as to how to achieve it.

We cannot be certain what anyone’s unexpressed thoughts and intentions are.

But we can make some judgments by contemplating the choices they make, and Obama chose to follow Saul Alinsky, who dedicated his book “Rules for Radicals”  – the bible of the “community organizers” whose ranks included Barack Obama – “to Lucifer”. Was Alinsky “only joking”, or was he informing his readers that he meant to do evil?

It seems to be hard for Americans, generally speaking (and perhaps to their credit), to believe that anyone can actually mean to do evil.  They’d rather believe that those who produce evil outcomes are merely making a terrible mistake. Or are victims so stressed by whatever has made them suffer that they act out of uncontrollable but understandable emotion, and so are forgivable.

Europeans know better.

Our post below discusses the European cultivation of evil.

Posted under Collectivism, communism, Ethics, Europe, nazism, Progressivism, United States by Jillian Becker on Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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  • Tyler520

    Villains throughout history have believed they were on the side of “good:” Stalin, Hitler, Bin Laden, and on and on.

  • His argument ultimately, is that that the moral quality of an action is derived solely from the intentions of the actor — and the validity of the intentions are likewise weighed by the actor.

    Every man is “a law unto himself,” where the only person with the right to judge me is me.

    That is a highly subjectivist argument for a purported “conservative” to make.

    My own reading is that he is looking for any tortured route he can take to get around calling a large number of people–and perhaps even certain individuals that he knows and likes–evil, while still claiming that evil exists.