The moral ar­gu­ment must be made

The Covington News - - The Second Opinion -

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s poli­cies are bad. Bad in the sense that the poli­cies are morally cor­rupt­ing. They take money and con­trol away from peo­ple and give them to gov­ern­ment bu­reau­crats, who then de­cide what should be done. The poli­cies en­cour­age peo­ple to be less re­spon­si­ble per­son­ally and to rely more on the gov­ern­ment.

For­mer British Prime Min­is­ter Mar­garet Thatcher ar­gued that “so­cial­ism it­self -- in all its in­car­na­tions, wher­ever and how­ever it was ap­plied -- was morally cor­rupt­ing,” Claire Ber­lin­ski wrote in “There Is No Al­ter­na­tive: Why Mar­garet Thatcher Mat­ters” (Ba­sic Books, 2008). “So­cial­ism turned good cit­i­zens into bad ones; it turned strong nations into weak ones; it pro­moted vice and dis­cour­aged virtue ... trans­formed for­merly hard­work­ing and self-reliant men and women into whin­ing, weak and flabby loafers.” Sound fa­mil­iar? Republicans are cur­rently de­bat­ing the sur­face ar­gu­ments about the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s pro­grams -- they cost too much, they are not paid for and there is too much gov­ern­ment in­ter­ven­tion.

The core of the mat­ter is the same to­day as it was in Great Bri­tain in the 1970s.

The sys­tem Pres­i­dent Obama is cham­pi­oning is morally wrong.

In or­der to win in Novem­ber, Repub­li­can nom­i­nee Mitt Rom­ney must win the ar­gu­ment, and thereby win the vote.

The ar­gu­ment is that the sys­tem Obama is pro­mot­ing is bad and that it cre­ates a weak so­ci­ety. Rom­ney needs to ar­tic­u­late what it is to be an Amer­i­can; why we must de­fend Amer­ica’s core val­ues; why they are good val­ues.

Rom­ney’s speech this week at the Clin­ton Global Ini­tia­tive re­ver­ber­ated with these themes.

He talked about “the in­com­pa­ra­ble dig­nity of work.”

“Free en­ter­prise,” he said, “has done more to bless hu­man­ity than any other eco­nomic sys­tem not only be­cause it is the only sys­tem that cre­ates a pros­per­ous mid­dle class, but also be­cause it is the only sys­tem where the in­di­vid­ual en­joys the free­dom to guide and build his or her own life. Free en­ter­prise can­not only make us bet­ter off fi­nan­cially, it can make us bet­ter peo­ple.”

The next step is for Rom­ney to lay out this ar­gu­ment not only for other coun­tries, but for our own. It works here as well as abroad. There are 12.5 mil­lion un­em­ployed Amer­i­cans; 8 mil­lion more are work­ing part-time when they want to work full time; 2.6 mil­lion peo­ple are so dis­cour­aged that they have given up look­ing for work and are no longer counted as un­em­ployed.

In or­der to win the vote in Novem­ber, we must first win the ar­gu­ment. Amer­ica works best when Amer­i­cans are work­ing. The way to get more Amer­i­cans to work is to pro­mote free­dom, in­ge­nu­ity and free en­ter­prise.

To find out more about Jackie Gin­grich Cush­man, and read fea­tures by other Creators Syn­di­cate writ­ers and car­toon­ists, visit creators.com.

JACKIE CUSH­MAN

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