"If we wonder why CBS is in trouble, why no one trusts the universities or the U.N., or why the Democrats may soon lose the Senate, the House, the presidency, and the Supreme Court, the answer has a lot to do with arrogant hypocrisy - the idea that how one lives need have nothing to do with what one professes, that idealistic rhetoric can provide psychological cover for privilege and preference, and that rules need not apply for those self-proclaimed as smarter and nicer than the rest of us. But none of us - none - get a pass simply because we claim that we are more moral, educated, or sophisticated than most."Idealistic rhetoric serves a purpose, but it does not absolve us of responsibility for our own actions. We do not always live up to our own ideals, but we must continue to try to achieve them and it is in the attempt to achieve our ideals that we can also attain, and hopefully keep, the moral high ground. Regardless of what "version" of morality one subscribes, the way in which we reach, and maintain, our own moral high ground must be consistent with our own ideals. The ends don't justify the means. This is true regardless of one's ideological bent. Hypocrisy undermines credibility, just ask Dan Rather.
Friday, September 24, 2004
A Warning to All, Left AND Right
Victor Davis Hanson