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Updated: 09/04/2013 08:00:40AM

The morality of governing the nation

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My father used to tell me the government has many ways to define terms in order to advance agendas that are beneficial to political posturing even though these agendas are deleterious to the economic conditions of the nation as a whole.

“Moral obligation” is one of those terms that is loosely used in those endeavors. Let us bring the Syrian civil war problem to the table. I heard a GOP Senator, from Arizona, talk about the “moral obligation” this country has to punish the government of Syria for using chemical weapons against their civilian population. I heard a president talking about crossing “a red line.” These two politicians are talking about this nation attacking a sovereign country, an action that can start another war, thousands of miles away, and keep on squandering the country’s economic resources, at a time when the economic conditions are very slowly improving. This madness this country has — of trying to solve the problems for the whole world — must come to an end.

Unfortunately, our hired help in Congress do not care about the father who has to put food on the table for his children to eat. This Syrian problem is ludicrous. Why this country has to keep on wasting resources in wars many thousands of miles away? It is very telling that politicians are calling the Syrian problem a “moral obligation.”

Is it not a moral obligation to create jobs for the people of this nation? Is it not a moral obligation for this nation to make care of its veterans after they have fought for this nation and suffered crippling injuries? Is it not a moral obligation for this country to take care of the hungry schoolchildren that barely have food at home? Is it not a moral obligation for this country to stop trying to diminish the safety net, and health care, for elders and retirees while making the rich richer with unneeded tax breaks so they can laugh all the way to the bank? Is it not a moral obligation to stop the sequestration that is causing so much havoc in our population?

There is a lot to talk about “moral obligations.”

Indeed Washington is using the term “moral obligation” too loosely. I call on these politicians to stop the obvious hypocrisy, and start doing the jobs they were elected to do for the people. That is first, Syria comes after that. That is morality.

Manuel V. CrespoLake Wales

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