Moral Equivalence

A nice post yesterday from slacktivist:

The rationalization of evil in opposition to a greater evil (real or imagined) seems like the only way for many Americans to retain their necessary self-image as “the good guys.” That path is sloped, and the slope is slippery.

The alternative, I believe, is to remind Americans of, and to recommit America to, an idea of the good that involves more than simply being slightly better than the worst people we can think of.