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  •  I'm not sure how 'moral authority' (3+ / 0-)
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    operates, or where it is located in terms of countries. We've done a lot worse than let murderers off with lenient sentences. We've committed genocide, and the country was built on the foundation of murderous slavery.

    What country does have the moral authority to make remarks like that? Is moral authority what's important here? What is the relationship between moral authority to deplore violence, and political leverage to influence events? Does a country require less moral authority to condemn more egregious acts? If a country doesn't have 'moral authority' to make a certain remark, must they remain silent? Does silence require a different level of moral authority?

    I'm just not sure exactly how moral authority enters into this.

    "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

    by GussieFN on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 10:15:31 AM PDT

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      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      Who is twigg?

      by twigg on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 10:20:57 AM PDT

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      •  I'm not sure that (1+ / 0-)
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        answers the questions. The presumption there is 'a country gains moral authority when the leader condemns things I find objectionable.'

        Maybe. But how much moral authority is gained? For condemning which things? Certainly that statement would've ignored most of our darkest sins.

        And the idea that if the President condemned the violence in Egypt and then said, "I also condemn the paramilitarization of police in cities all across the United States, and abuses in Guantanamo," that would somehow make his condemnation of the events in Egypt stronger, or more effective, strikes me as a reach.

        I don't think it would achieve anything other than undermining his political power here.

        "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

        by GussieFN on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 10:30:09 AM PDT

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