guest blog by George Staropoli
For a society, a community, to function in an orderly manner there must be not only rules, but a firm belief in the need to enforce just and fair rules and laws. Political philosophy says that where laws are unjust and unfair, then the democratic government is not legitimate, cause the reason for forming a social contract and surrendering freedoms is just that.
Take for example the society of criminal known as the Mafia, or La Cosa Nostra (which literally means ‘our thing’). It had its enforcement squad for those who did not want to abide by the rules – called Murder, Inc. But, they were criminals anyway.
Our elected representatives and national leadership has lost its way long ago. Obama, in today’s news, makes a statement to the audience and cameras, “what did we do to PISS OFF . . . .” From the President of the United States on national TV! What will Michelle tell a kid who asks, Why did the president say a dirty word?
CAI operates outside society’s rules, as they once were, and does its own thing. We need to return to those values as stated by Rev. Jim Wallis, and paraphrased by me:
We have . . . substituted ‘market value’ for ‘moral value’. . . . Do we want [property] values to prevail everywhere and in all things? Are there some areas of life where [property] values should not determine what is most important — personal and family relationships, ethics and religion, community and public service and social justice? Are there certain things degraded when [property values] are allowed to be the ultimate measure? Are there certain social values and practices that are higher than market values?