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First off let’s define moral.

moral |ˈmôrəl, ˈmär-|adjective1 concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character: the moral dimensions of medical intervention | a moral judgment.

Alright, now that we have a definition for moral ask yourself are you a moral person? Are you morally consistent? This was a question that I was asked a few years ago. After quite a bit of soul searching I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t a very moral or consistent person. I was Pro Choice. I believed in the death penalty. I believed in preemptive war, and the projection of military force.

 

Today I can proudly say that I don’t believe in any of these things. To change my point of view on these issue I was asked when would I, the individual be allowed to do any of the things that I mentioned above? The answer is never. So why is it acceptable for a group to do these things? If it’s illegal or immoral for a human being to project force, preemptively attack, or kill someone for revenge why is it acceptable for a government to do it?

 

If it’s immoral to forcibly enter someones home to harm them,  isn’t it just as immoral to enter a foreign country and do the same thing? At what point do we change our perspective? If you do it= BAD. If elected strangers authorize it= GOOD. I initially looked at being a Libertarian as a cool alternative to the other parties. As I grew as a person and a Libertarian I started to embrace the Libertarian concept that it is immoral to initiate force against another human being. Period. Point blank. I’ve gotten pretty good at that, but with my background it’s hard. Wouldn’t it be great if we all lived by this standard? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a pacifist. I believe in the natural right of self defense. Every living organism has that right, but where do we draw the line? We have to demand that the State starts to respects life, private property, and the sovereignty of the individual.

 

 

Today while commuting to work I was listening to urban radio (that’s code for Black if you weren’t aware), and the topic of discussion were the 40 police involved shootings in 2011 here in Chicago. It’s only August, but we’ve had more police shootings at this point than all of last year.  This didn’t surprise me since shootings in Chicago are up, but what surprised me were the comments of the respondents.

They generally prefaced their remarks by saying “I’m not a fan of the police, but”. And then they would say how they believed that the shootings were justified because of the gang/ drug involved shootings, flash mobs, and general out of control behavior by some segments of the Black community. This was astonishing. After years of side stepping the issues of personal responsibility, and accountability, this largely 20 something inner city Black appears to have reached a saturation point.

It would seem that they are sick and tired of the foolishness. This is very heartening to me. It’s given me a glimmer of hope for the future. Al Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson are definitely dinosaurs of a bygone era (and good riddance), but it always seemed like there were always others looking to step into the lime light of race based politics. Could this be a turning point for Black America? Or is this a tangible shift in the attitudes of Chicagoans? Something is happening. Last year Chicago lost over 200,00 Black residents to other states, primarily the south. Red State love? Could be. That’s where the jobs are going. The reasons why are for another time.

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