Tuesday letters: We must halt moral decline

May 13, 2014 

The framers of the Constitution were fearless. The connotation of “politically incorrect” or “politically not correct” is a ruse used by those presumed put upon to sidestep performing their obligations. Demonizing any who dares to point out their deficiencies gives them an unwarranted, undeserved “high moral ground.”

The Constitution presumes that every member of humankind is free, that freedom is God-given and thus inalienable. In Timothy Sandefur’s analysis, quoted by George Will in his April 19 column (“Understanding our divisions”), he concludes that “making majority power respect individuals’ legitimate rights and freedoms” is the intent in the Constitution. This does not mean that individual freedom is unbounded, and in a society this beneficence is limited by laws put together by free men for free men to curb unacceptable behavior.

This phrase “not politically correct” has crept into our vernacular and permits the ascendency of the few over the many. Not politically correct implies a pejorative intent where none may be meant. Yet it is used in our society and other societies across the different strata of education, wealth, competence and what have you. Unless we rid ourselves of this obsequiousness we will continue to see the regrettable decline in our moral fiber.

Saba E. Demian

Columbia

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