August 4, 2005 § 1 Comment
An exchange over on Open Book:
First Commenter: “I wonder if a Catholic president could ever be elected who promised that as commander in chief he would sacrifice the lives of a million of his soldiers rather than repeating the moral error of Truman.”
Second Commenter: “He cannot (be elected that is). And the Know-Nothings are right.”
On the contrary, I say: If the American people are incapable of electing an orthodox Catholic president then that implies, as a moral matter, that the American people must change; and certainly putative orthodox Catholic presidential candidates must not change.
Adopting an evil policy in order to get elected, under the auspices of doing good once elected, is just another way of doing evil in the pursuit of the good. I have little doubt that many of the inhabitents of Hell believe quite sincerely that they were doing the evil things they did in the pursuit of a greater good.
Doing the right thing can no doubt often make one feel as though one’s hands were tied; or nailed to a tree, perhaps.