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By Fr. Jeffrey Robideau
I heard a news piece on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — a Democrat and socialist from New York — the other day. I was sure I heard her wrong, but then I just read a news piece on the incident. I heard her correctly. In short, she said that people were too focused on being factually accurate and not focused enough on being morally right.
This leads me to the question of whether there is a real dichotomy between facts and morality or do they fit together somehow?
To answer the question was actually really easy. I simply looked at the following examples:
- Putting someone in prison is morally right if, in fact, they broke the law.
- Arresting someone for illegal entry is morally right if, in fact, they came in illegally.
- Calling someone an illegal alien is morally right if, in fact, they came in illegally.
- Protecting our country and our borders is morally right if, in fact, the current residents and citizens have the right to safety and security.
- A wall is morally right if, in fact, it will stop or slow down the illegal crossings.
- Lowering taxes is morally right if, in fact, they are taxed too much.
- A balanced budget is morally right if, in fact, overspending and putting our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in debt is an evil.
- Equal application of the law to everyone is morally right if, in fact, everyone is subject to the law.
- Speaking the truth about people is morally right if, in fact, people have the right to their reputation.
- Not bringing up faulty charges against people is morally right if, in fact, people have the right to justice.
- Working to take care of yourself is morally right if, in fact, people have an obligation to take care of themselves to the extent they are able.
- Not giving someone welfare is morally right if, in fact, they can work for themselves.
- Not taking a man's hard-earned money away from him and giving it to someone who did not earn it is morally right if, in fact, a man has the duty and the right to provide for his own family, care for them and to leave them a little something when he dies.
- A person in authority making a decision for others is morally right if, in fact, their decision is made from pure intentions, based in truth and facts and motivated by doing what is good for all the people.
- Not being a socialist is morally good if, in fact, socialism is an evil, takes people's money and their freedom and robs people of incentive.
And I could keep going.
You see, when you have the facts wrong and try to make decisions based on feelings, preferences and political motivations, you will not be acting morally right. Rather, you will be acting selfishly and with evil intent for which you are morally accountable before God and man.
Father Jeffrey Robideau is a priest in the diocese of Lansing, Michigan.
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