The mostly pre-recorded 2020 Democratic convention is now over. It was a whopper in content, but a snooze in delivery. Many pundits have written extensively on it already – I suppose the Right Wire Report will be no different. The best way one could describe it would be, hypocrisies and lies.
Michel Obama told us about “kids in cages” at the border that her own husband created. Bill Clinton dared to show his face in the light of his many #metoo acquisitions and his trips on the “Lolita Express.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez extolled the lies of a utopian Marxist state. Obama was endorsing Black Live Matter violence as a legitimate form for democratic change. Biden accused Trump of murder, putting all the COVID19 deaths on Trump. There were many other hypocrisies and lies – one can see more here, here, and here. Where is any sense of morality in our political discourse?
Note that this is not to say Republicans don’t have issues of morality as well. We often have talked of many Republicans turning a blind eye to a trifecta of economic, moral hazard, Fiat Currency Debasement, trade, and government-corporate corruption – not to even speak of personal moral issues of some Republican party members.
Given this example of the debasement of political morality, our Sunday Thoughts turn to look at the DNC Convention through the lens of morality. Where does morality come from anyway? Many turn to various human philosophies. Still, others turn to religion. After all, about 70% of Americans profess to be Christian. Does the Biblical text offer any codified morality? One presumes this is contained in the Ten Commandments. Is this where most of American’s morality come from?
One can understand that many may not believe in religious texts. But it may serve as one code of morality one could study to juxtapose to the one you follow. More knowledge may help form your own beliefs regardless of a non-belief in religion.
Have you ever ask people (especially those professing to be Christian), do you believe in the Ten Commandments? Almost all will say, “of course.” Then you ask them, can you recite them to me? Few can do this. How can one believe in something so critical to their own morality and not be able to recite them? Hmmm …
In case you forgot, we will present these Ten Commandments here (as found in Exodus 20:2-17) and see how they might apply to the morality in politics, and more specifically, as displayed at the DNC Convention that has just past.
As a footnote to this, we will present them in a way that is more of a story flow of how morality is established, governed, and applied in our every day lives. A story flow ads meaning and makes it easier to remember them. One way one can look at the Ten Commandments is to break it down into two parts. Commandments one through five, deal with the establishment of morality and its governance by God. The last five deal with the actual codification of the moral law among humans.
For completeness, we present the first five of the Ten Commandments dealing with the establishment of morality and its governance by God. Just think, if you were going to write ten rules of morality, what would you write? Why would God waste half of the ten rules on this subject? We, humans, are crafty creatures. Look at how our governments today are absorbed with the political process. God knowing the minds of humans, perhaps he wanted to make it unquestionable clear where humans were to obtain, deliver, and maintain morality. The first five of the Ten Commandments:
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. This first Commandment is the establishment of God as the moral authority. It is not just a narcissistic view of himself, rather to say, that God has the knowledge of good and evil. If one believes in the God of the Bible, one accepts these empirical assertions of God and his knowledge. This was something not accepted by Adam in the Garden of Eden, instead, Adam decided to choose his own human reasoning as the source of morality.
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them. This is extolling us to not look outward and replace God’s moral authority with someone or something else.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. This is extolling us to not look inward and replace God’s moral authority with one’s own distortions. Taking one’s name in vain is to say you believe in God and yet denying in practice his authority.
4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Often considered the test commandment as a sign between God and his followers. “Remember” being the operative word, because God knew people would forget.
5. Honor thy father and thy mother. The key building block of God’s society is the traditional family. The traditional family was so important to God that he dedicated a full Commandment on it. It is the chief hierarchical governance structure to deliver God’s morality to humans, regardless of any state government humans may dream up. Clearly, God was not interested in any form of human state government. Rather it indicates he was more concerned with the morality of individuals.
We know many do not accept the God of the Bible as the moral authority. However the next five Commandments you might better identify with and may even agree with, at least in principle – regardless of a belief in a God.
As stated before, the last five of the Ten Commandments deal with the actual codification of morality among humans. God took an interesting approach when describing this moral code. Some may think that these Commandments are quite specific, rather than principle-based. However, when you expand their meaning, they, in fact, are quite principle-based. Perhaps this is why it only took five Commandments for God to state.
When reading the last five Commandments in reverse order, it describes the progression of how evil (or sin) comes to be. One can look at these Commandments from a top-down or bottom-up approach. In the reverse order approach (bottom-up), these five Commandments create a principle-based narrative. Sin starts at the source, the heart (your mind), and takes it to its ultimate conclusion (death). Romans 6:23, “the wages of sin is death.” Using the example of the recent DNC freak show Convention, and understanding Republicans are also not off the hook, we will use the example to add color to the story:
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s. How does sin start? It starts with an idea in one’s heart. Pride, envy, lust, wrath, slothfulness, gluttony, and greed, often called the seven deadly sins … are all ideas of the heart (your mind). From these ideas, we start to desire (covet) what others have.
One could say that most political parties covet power for themselves. With power comes money and the desire (pride) to control others to get what they want. But at the DNC Convention, it is particularly insidious, as the fundamental arguments being made is that people are experiencing social injustice, dividing people on tribal race, gender, and class. They are putting into the hearts of the voters the idea of envy of what others have built and that their voters should lust after the resources of others, thereby voting for them to achieve power.
Instead of encouraging profitable honest individual work efforts, the Democrats are encouraging slothfulness and the gluttony that results in the consumption of their neighbor’s resources. Finally, the Democrats “dog whistles” to their base, to rise up with wrath and energize the greed into a call for illicit actions via social redistribution programs.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. Once one has the illicit envious desire of another’s resources, what is one of the first things a person might do? Lie about it and spin a story to justify why their envy is legit. It is the initial step toward the end result.
Listening to the DNC Convention, one can get a headache over the many lies told – something we already discussed in this article. When watching Biden’s speech, one of the most egregious lies told by Biden was the mischaracterization of the U.S. being the worst nation on the earth concerning COVID19. Worse than Europe. Biden counts on the fact that people won’t use critical thinking. Biden quoting raw total numbers rather than per capita numbers ensured the lie stuck. Biden continued the lies of the Black Lives Matter theme of systemic racism in America. The lack of integrity at the DNC was exhausting. Will the voters buy the lies?
8. Thou shalt not steal. If one can not lie to get what we want, what is next? Just take it! Even better to steal so your neighbor does not even realize they have been robbed. The lies can justify the theft. The bottom line is, taking your neighbor’s resources for any reason is theft.
Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York … we have seen the youth of the nation reach out and take their neighbor’s resources under the justifications of the lies they have been feed. Democrats at the DNC Convention, instead of calling out the robbers, Democrats praised them. Democrats have had a long history of state expansion via the force (theft) of massive taxes to bribe the electorate to give them power.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Most believe this Commandment refers to sexual sins. Though true, it also can refer to the adultery of nation-states or even individuals by the rejection of morality toward the end result. The three prior Commandments broken, do not require direct physical violence. Before one can do this, one will need to divorce themselves from their own morality and commit adultery toward their prior declared morality.
During the DNC convention, Democrats committed adultery toward one of the founding principles of America – the peaceful transition of power from one to another via a fair and transparent democratic process. Barrack Obama, when endorsing Black Live Matter violence as a legitimate form for democratic change, rejected these principles, committing national adultery, of the principles of the founding fathers.
6. Thou shalt not kill. Now that you have abandoned (forsaken and committed adultery of the moral code), you can then engage in violence and commit the ultimate capital sin of murder. Hence the ultimate end to sin is death.
Is this not what we see now all across America? Many of the Black Live Matter protesters, now turned rioters, have committed and inspired unspeakable violence to achieve a political result. Even to the point of murder – see just a few examples here, here and here. We heard nothing at the DNC Convention to disavow this behavior, making them part of this sin.
We should note that we gave a linear progression of sin, from its start to its end result. People can be at different points on the timeline at the same time. It also can be cyclical in full or part. For example, one could move from Commandment ten to nine, then cycle back to ten through eight, and then even from ten to six.
We used the example of the recent DNC Convention when describing the progression of sin in the Ten Commandments, but this same process can but seen in our everyday personal lives as well. And again, yes, Republicans are not off the hook either.
Even if one does not believe in any Biblical text or a God, these dynamics of human’s progressive descent into evil behavior can still be valid. This is one take on an explanation of a moral code – specifically the Ten Commandments. Perhaps you have another and can do better than God … ? Please comment below and give us your take.