If there’s anything in the political sphere you can bet will happen, it’s politicians or their supporters pretending to moral authority. Yes, pretending. Remember that these are the people that go to Washington to feed and have lately done nothing but enrich their cronies and pass laws that make your life worse. In short, outside of a few noteworthy exceptions, there are no politicians with moral authority.
Now they don’t come out and directly say it. You have approaches like Kasich, the sanctimonious ass in charge of Ohio who’s offering to buy Bibles for people who don’t think his Medicaid expansion was a good idea. His pretense to moral authority? He conflates socialism to Christianity and punctuates it with a condescending tone. The fact its bankrupting us and doesn’t work besides might not have anything to do with it? Ask anyone who ever had to live behind the Iron Curtain if they think big government was divine, and they will likely have another opinion.
Shaming is a tactic that absolutely requires the perception of moral authority or it doesn’t work. As this is the big driving force behind political correctness, which is something that is currently preventing us from dealing effectively with mass immigration and the threat of radical Islam, recognizing when it is not legitimate is an absolute must. It could be the politically correct actually believe what they’re shoveling, but being loud and acting as though they have a point does not true moral authority make. We all seem to be catching on to that, and we’re also pretty certain when actual shaming is necessary and when it is manufactured.
Last is Obama, whose latest lecture over a mass shooting should be treated as nothing more than irritating. I’ve seen proper responses to it all over, because the fact he has a large microphone and the Presidency doesn’t make him right. This might upset the ‘respect the office’ sorts but you should really take into account the fact we’re in extraordinary times under a leftist radical. Believe in any moral authority from Obama and he’ll lead us off a cliff. Again.
I’m not saying you should grow so cynical you immediately ignore moral authority, but you should never assume it is present when anyone in politics is calling on it. Arrogance, sanctimony, and favorable media access to not equate to it. Mentioning Jesus or quoting the Bible does not make it materialize out of thin air. And historically, calls like ‘For the Children!’ led up to the passage of truly ugly legislation. So be skeptical first and decide for yourself if any given assertion actually does have moral authority behind it. More often than not, it doesn’t.