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I can't speak for pistol, but

I can't speak for pistol, but I for one do not believe in all or nothing. Incremental change in the right direction is just fine, and in most cases the only option. But there is a big difference between incremental change in the right direction and saying that the ends justify the means. I would argue that the ends justifying the means takes us in the direction exactly opposite of the one we want to go in. Every time a principle is sacrificed because the ends supposedly justify the means, a new and greater problem is created. The more problems are created, the more urgent we are told the situation is, that in turn is used to once again get us to accept that the ends justify the means, and, each time, rather than getting closer to what we want, we get further away (ad nauseam). This progression is in my view exactly how this once great country got into the mess it is in. The first incremental change to make is to say that no, that the ends do not justify the means (no matter how much you want to believe it, they don't in the end anyhow), to discard moral relativism, and to stick to principles.