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You Can (Not) Legislate Morality?

Thomas2124 Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 3:07 PM
McGovern wrote: "We are not a libertarian country. We were not founded on libertarian principles." Wow, and I thought that just liberals were ignorant. Liberty is the very *CORE* of our founding. It's our "raison d'etre"! Were you napping during HS social studies?
PsychoDad Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 4:16 PM
There is a difference between the abstract concept of liberty and the MODERN political movement called "Libertarianism."

And I thought just liberals were ignorant.
nawlins72 Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 5:40 PM
"There is a difference between the abstract concept of liberty and the MODERN political movement called "Libertarianism."

And that difference would be?

It’s one of the perennial debates in America, especially when we’re faced with socially divisive issues: Can you legislate morality?

If we mean by that question, “Can you make people moral through laws?” the answer is plainly no. If we mean, “Are laws put in place to govern people’s moral behavior?” the answer is plainly yes.

Morality is actually one of the main things that we must legislate, and my suspicion is that even those who bristle at this statement actually agree. As Frank Turek observed, “It never fails. Whenever some conservative takes a stand on a moral issue, some liberal...