In one of the KFM "Hot Seat" Programmes (7.00 - 8.00pm) late November 2010, which hosts Journalists on Fridays, one journalist came out openly to say that someone who was a bush fighter told them how NRM had equally committed atrocities while in the bush. This was meant to discredit Obote's forces. Hear is the moral problem which is part of NRM from FRONASA days. When some people propose that facts need to be got regarding what transpired during the bush war days, they are indeed right. The love and wish to get power made NRA/M make a number of schemes and this surely brings the moral problems at the fore front.
NRM has over time had a Moral Disciple Problem
Moral discipline is the consistent exercise of agency to choose the right because it is right, even when it is hard.
We all possess the God given gift of moral agency - the right to make choices and the obligation to account for those choices. For positive outcomes, moral agency must be accompanied by moral discipline.
By moral discipline is meant self discipline based on moral standards. Moral discipline is the consistent exercise of agency to choose the right because it is right, even when it is hard. It rejects the self absorbed life in favour of developing character worthy of respect and true greatness through Christ like service (Mark 10: 42 - 45).
The root of the word discipline is shared by the word disciple, suggesting to the mind the fact that conformity to the example and teachings of Jesus Christ is the ideal discipline that, coupled with His grace, forms a virtuous and morally excellent person.
The societies in which many of us live have failed to foster moral discipline. They have taught that truth is relative and that everyone decides for himself or herself what is right. The NRM has so many examples to pick from; which is most unfortunate. In some instances, President Museveni has clearly shown a stand which has been wanting morally more so unexpected of a Head of Government.
Self - discipline is eroded and societies are left to try to maintain order and civility by compulsion.
It should be the internal moral compass in each individual that should effectively deal with the root causes as well as symptoms of societal decay; the unfortunate bit, in the case of Uganda, many of our leaders greatly lack in moral issues and may be the spiritual leaders (not the scandalous ones as we are witnessing in some Churches) will help re - build the decayed moral fabric.
In the case of Uganda, the erosion of the morals in many of our leaders is greatly responsible for the adversity in the society as a whole. The voters in the forthcoming General Elections will need a lot of courage, faith in some alternative choice and tenacity to overcome the evil that NRM has planted in the Uganda society which makes the immoral look to be what is right to do; a very unfortunate development. I was recently told that shortly after results were read out for a certain polling centre around Kajjansi trading centre; Military Police was armed and started beating some of those who were jubilating (Museveni's loss) at that centre. This is the moral decay I am talking about.
Those who are unafraid to roll up their sleeves and lose themselves in the pursuit of worthwhile goals are a blessing to their families, communities and countries. "It is often in the trial of adversity ( as we are experiencing Under President Museveni's leadership) that we learn those most critical lessons that form our characters and shape our destiny."
William Kituuka Kiwanuka
SHOULD MORALITY PLAY A PART IN POLITICS?
A Biblical worldview: Economics or Morality?
“Thou shalt meditate in this book of the law… that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shaft make thy way prosperous, and then thou shaft have good success” Joshua 1:8.
This verse describes what is called a “Biblical worldview,” a philosophy which believes that behavior, ethics, and learning must be judged against the standards set forth in God's Word and that nothing can ultimately be successful apart from the application of those standards.
Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws, the legal benchmark used in America from 1766 to 1920, explained that system of standards:
“These laws laid down by God are the eternal immutable laws of good and evil… This law… dictated by God himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times: no human laws are of any validity if contrary to this… The doctrines thus delivered… are to be found only in the Holy Scriptures… No human laws should be suffered to contradict these.”
Under this legal standard, God's standards were the plumb line for law, government, education, etc. That philosophy of life, sometimes called “Scottish Common Sense Realism,” first introduced on this continent by early colonists and later codified by Blackstone, permeated American culture for over two-and-a-half centuries.
In this half of the twentieth century, much of the church has drifted away from the Biblical World View philosophy and has embraced a belief structure described by law professor Dr. John Eidsmoe as that of “saved humanists.” That is, many embrace Christianity as a standard for religion, but not as a standard for life.
Exit polls following the last Presidential election illustrated the dichotomy between belief and application which currently exists within the Christian community: 45 percent of those who labeled themselves as “evangelicals” voted for “economic” issues above “moral” issues. Few can ignore the government's serious economic problems and burgeoning federal deficit; however, to elevate economics above morality is not only Biblically untenable, it is even secularly illogical.
If the economy and a reduction in federal spending is to be the goal, then it first must be recognized that much of the government's skyrocketing spending is on programs resulting from the societal effects of immoral behavior, i.e., welfare support to teen mothers, research and treatment of over two dozen different sexually transmitted diseases, repaying the public losses resulting from both violent and white-collar crime, creation of substance abuse and drug enforcement programs, etc. Many expensive federal programs result from moral-based problems.
In 1994 the U.S. government spent $21 billion on welfare to teen mothers—mothers still attending either junior-high or high-school. Is $21 billion an economic problem? Certainly, but it is spending caused by a moral problem. The government spent billions on AIDS (according to the Center for Disease Control, 87 percent of the 244,939 current AIDS cases were contracted either through sodomy or illegal drug use, both moral problems). Millions were spent on the treatment of two-dozen different STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), a moral problem; $200 billion was lost to white-collar crime and $310 billion on violent crime (the inability to distinguish between right or wrong and to control one's behavior by a societal norm is a moral problem).
In addition to the direct costs, add the secondary and tertiary costs of our moral malaise: include the costs of the additional courts and staff needed to prosecute immoral behavior; include the costs of the additional prisons and staff required to house those violators; include the operating and maintenance costs of additional prisons and the costs of the increased bureaucracy it produces; include the resulting increases in the budgets of the Justice Department, the Health and Human Services Department, the Center for Disease Control, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and numerous other departments and agencies, etc.
The list could continue, but the principle is established: if the moral issues remain unaddressed, the economic costs will remain unbridled. John Adams concluded that to change governments without addressing moral issues is an exercise in futility:
“It is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand … if this cannot be inspired into our people in a greater measure than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty” (June 21, 1776).
When all things are considered, a Biblical World View philosophy is the most logical approach.