Some final thoughts on the three moral philosophies.
I believe that both the Bush White House and the Obama White House were sincere in wanting to provide affordable housing or affordable medical care to as many Americans as possible. Both of these aims are morally acceptable by most people.
These moral actions were initiated following one branch of moral philosophy: consequentialism. Consequentialism is swift and effective – you don’t need to be concerned with the means to the end (either relaxing existing policies or lying), just the end result.
The moral actions were validated mostly by a second branch of moral philosophy: deontology. Deontology is also swift and effective – you don’t need to be concerned with the ends (affordable housing or affordable heath care), just the means to the end, accomplished by exercising one’s duty or obligation to support the White House’s consequentialism.
As such, the initiation of the actions by the consequentialists were each validated by the actions of the deontologists. Unfortunately, one party was concerned only with the ends and the other party was concerned with only the means.
But, as we have witnessed first hand, these two moral philosophies have been disastrous for the US. While well-intentioned, they have been met with failure (or potential failure), and the failures have occurred within a matter of a few months of enactment.
Where does this leave us. To be discussed in the next post.