Thursday, June 28, 2012

Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Government?

It’s just the law.

Yes, we should work to make sure our laws are just and moral. But making something legal or illegal does not change the justness or morality of it. 

I’m not saying people don’t have the right to complain about the Supreme Court ruling on healthcare. Personally, I support many parts of the healthcare bill. I don’t support the mandate. The discussion about how to provide healthcare for all while still giving people the freedom to make their own bad choices is something we should be having. Instead, we just have two sides bickering, blaming, and hating one another. The facebook outcrys can be amusing, though mostly sad. We let the people who aim for power and money dictate our feelings. It’s a shame we make quick, uneducated, aggressive statements instead of taking the time to actually find solutions.

I don’t have much to say on this specific case, but it makes me think of a larger picture. We should question laws, pit them against our morals. We must follow the path of morality even when it contradicts the laws under which we live. Even when doing so is cumbersome, or expensive, or dangerous. We have 2,000 years’ worth of martyrs to stand as examples. It may be a harder path, but at least it’s not a lonely one.

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