I am working with some young public forum and Lincoln-Douglas debaters at the South Dakota Debate Workshop being held on the South Dakota State University Campus in beautiful Brookings, South Dakota. I haven't had the time to check the news as much as I usually do because I've been giving a few lectures on debate basics, cross-examination, and Kant's Categorical Imperative. Tomorrow the young'uns and I will discuss virtue ethics as they prepare to debate Resolved: Inaction in the face of injustice makes an individual morally culpable.
The astute reader may wonder what all of this has to do with Chad Haber's newly announced quixotic candidacy for South Dakota attorney general. Mr. Haber and Lee Stranahan are exploiting the suffering of children for political purposes. The best analysis of Annette Bosworth's campaign indicates that Bosworth and Haber basically view their Facebook friends and every other human as a means to financial gain not as an end unto himself or herself.
South Dakotans are, therefore, witnessing injustice and a violation of the categorical imperative. Hence, one should question what moral duty one has to confront the injustice. One also has to question what one can do. Bosworth and Haber may have lost the necessary sense of shame that will allow them to change.
On a personal level I have a another quandary. Do I tell the young'uns about this candidacy tomorrow and how it fits the resolution or do I say nothing because giving them the facts of Haber's candidacy will confirm their belief that politics is a circus and government is a joke?
Perhaps the best action one can perform under the circumstances is to pray for this particular circus act to be retired to the political oblivion it so richly deserves.
(Experimenting with new phone app. I apologize for formatting and other errors. I will correct later.)