It seems to me that a very prominent theme in the the Sermon on the Mount is that it isn’t enough to do the right thing, but you have to do things for the right reasons. Doesn’t it follow from that, that you can’t do the wrong thing for the right reason? Maybe.
What about value neutral behaviors? I’m thinking about filibusters or other parliamentary procedures. Specifically, I’m thinking about efforts to win the presidential elections by restructuring the allocation of electoral college votes in a particular state. In 2004, the Democrats were hot to do it in Colorado. This year, the Republicans are trying the same thing in California. Basically, the technique goes like this, find a state that typically goes to the opposite party. Then suggest a more “fair” way to allocate electoral college votes so that your party get a portion of the votes.
I thought the Colorado measure was obnoxious, but secretly hoped it would pass. I am now, and have always been a partisan. I find the California measure obnoxious, and am not publicly hoping it will not pass. But at the hear of it all, it seems the energy should be spent arguing one’s case for how to run the country.
Should we be uncomfortable with these types of measures, or is it just part of the game like Get Out the Vote (GOTV) or negative advertising?