In response to the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, the media has attacked President Trump for what they consider to be an unjust “assassination” of a foreign political leader. Michael Moore, an outspoken critic of all things Trump, even compared it to the hypothetical killing of former Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
Moore is not the only one making fiery claims in an attempt to depict President Trump as being out of line. Most of the time, these media insults are simply in an effort to hinder a huge win by the Trump Administration. However, there are many others that truly believe all ‘Orange Man Bad’ sentiment when they see it, and this points towards a much more sinister train of thought.
Cultural Relativism was a term first coined by anthropologist Franz Boas. In layman’s terms, Boas’ idea involves looking at the customs and traditions of a person through the lens of that person’s culture rather than our own. Extreme cultural relativism, indoctrinated into the general population using veiled terms like toleration, has led people to believe it is bigoted to admit many of the cultural practices practiced by the United States (freedom of speech, women’s suffrage, etc.) are superior to those held by the tyrannical Ayatollah Regime. This is additionally true of those in power. General Qassem Soleimani was a ruthless terrorist and one of the worst individuals on the planet. Killing him is much more comparable to taking out the likes of Osama Bin Laden than murdering a revered American Military member like Mad Dog Mattis.
In rejecting cultural relativism and establishing the United States as the world leader in moral righteousness, we can take the first step in creating a world in which more countries enjoy the freedoms we know to be objectively just. The United States is not morally perfect, and never will be, but to claim it is anything short of vastly superior to every society across the globe is to impede those societies from morally bettering their own systems of governance.