Friday, August 4, 2023

Obama and America's Moral Values


Obama and America's Moral Values

Peter Schultz


Obama’s State of the Union address, 2016: “The United States is the most powerful nation on Earth. Period. Period. It’s not even close. We spend more on our military than the next eight nations combined.” [Applause, applause!!] 

This reveals as well as anything how Americans understand moral virtue. Moral virtue reveals itself as power, so the most powerful humans are the most morally virtuous.

“Full spectrum dominance” is moral virtue actualized, and especially so when activated. Drone killings, e.g., epitomize moral virtue for Americans. Hiroshima and Nagasaki epitomized America’s moral virtue, as did Dresden, the fire-bombings of Tokyo, the napalming of Vietnam, and the destruction of Iraq and Syria. 

This is why it should be said that America’s moral values corrupt human beings. 


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