The Moral Law
Sun Tzu said in ‘The Art of War” that a wise man or nation must think hard before he jumps because war taken lightly can, in many ways, destroy you in spite of good intentions. He then gives the five constants that must be in a favorable position before you begin. The first of these being The Moral Law.
How do we rate today when it comes to the moral law?
The Moral Law causes the people to be in complete accord with their ruler, so that they will follow him regardless of their lives, undismayed by any danger.
Let’s take a look at WW2, the last war we had when the majority of the country were in one accord. The Nazi’s and the Japanese were clearly defined as enemies and we were all out, no holds barred, dedicated to seeking their destruction by any means possible. This was our last true war when simply defined, goal oriented, victory only began after the enemy was utterly defeated. Simple and to the point. Everybody understood what was necessary, everybody knew what was expected of them and away they went creating the greatest war machine the world has ever known.
Sacrifice was in vogue. We rationed gas, grew victory gardens, bought war bonds. Rosie the riveter was born and the factories producing cars switched to tanks and Jeeps all because we owned the moral high ground. Everybody suffered, at home and abroad, and felt themselves to be a part of the war.
Our fighting men came from the farms and factories and cities all over the nation in droves. Many volunteering, some drafted, but all dedicated to stopping Hitler and Tojo. They fought hard and mean while absorbing huge casualty rates. We had the moral high ground and by damn when we took a piece of it we kept it. If we got knocked backwards like in the Bulge we regrouped and took it back. We kept moving and taking until we met up with our allies and the enemy surrendered.
We returned home in dress uniforms to parades and victory dances, partied hard and dispersed across the nation victorious. We built homes on the GI bill, had kids and began the greatest peace time economy the world had ever know.
We were proud, and we deserved to be because we did it simply and we did it right and everybody knew it. We owned the moral high ground in WW2.
Then in the era 1961 through 1975 we got involved in Vietnam. As the war escalated the light Westmoreland saw at the end of the tunnel was in actuality the implosion of America as we then knew her. Not all at once of course, it takes a while for a ship of state as large as this one to sink, but the moral issues and civil unrest arising out of them during our action in Vietnam has never been quenched. Today, some forty years later it seems as if it all happened only yesterday to those of us involved. The latter sixties was engulfed in chaos from so many angles that we have not yet fully recovered.
Question is: Had the people changed that much since WW2? Or had the moral climate changed? Were the college kids of the sixties all pussies as opposed to the kids of the early forties? Or had the moral climate changed to the point that they could no longer stand behind Johnson who escalated the war and Nixon who expanded it (after promising to end it)? Could it be the kids who opposed were more righteous than the leaders who propagated? I’d give the trophy to the kids.
These were the same kids their fathers had been. They merely realized America was having an identity crisis and didn’t want to be a part of it. They were intelligent enough to know that the country elite had forgotten all the promises they made to the world about being a bastion of truth, justice and democracy.
Instead our best and brightest leaders bowed to the golden idol being offered by a growing military/industrial complex and sold themselves and their offices to the devil. The US, blinded by their own power and position in the world, no longer cared about the . . . The Moral Law.
And the beat goes on . . .