seize the moral high ground

seize the moral high ground

To claim, purport, or make it appear that one's arguments, beliefs, ideas, etc., are morally superior to those espoused by others. The senator always tries to seize the moral high ground during a debate so as to shift public opinion in his favor.
See also: ground, high, moral, seize

take, claim, seize, etc. the moral ˈhigh ground

claim that your side of an argument is morally better than your opponents’ side; argue in a way that makes your side seem morally better: Don’t you try to take the moral high ground with me! You’re just as bad as I am!
See also: ground, high, moral
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A no-tariffs trade strategy would also allow the United States to seize the moral high ground in the debate.
Amid the rapidly rising tensions between the two sides, China has sought to seize the moral high ground as a defender of the multilateral trade system, even as US allies express shared concern with Washington over Beijing's highly restricted market.
British cruelty proved counterproductive and allowed the Patriots to seize the moral high ground. It undermined enthusiasm for the war effort in Britain and compromised British efforts to win support in America.
"This isn't some damn game," boomed House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, seeking to seize the moral high ground, after a report cited an unnamed official saying that the White House is benefiting from the shutdown, which has sent hundreds of thousands home without pay.
oYou have let Hamas seize the moral high ground. You have to talk to them and expose them for what they are by giving them authority to govern in Gaza.
But as Gordon Brown's government gropes for a vision, he and his Cabinet should seize the moral high ground and make fairness the Big Issue.
"In doing so he would also seize the moral high ground rather than merely defending the imperfections of the system inherited from his predecessor."
And the question of whether to aggressively seek opportunities to remap mid-decade brings battlers like Emanuel into conflict with others who argue that Democrats should seize the moral high ground. There's merit to the latter argument.
Wenger then attempted to seize the moral high ground as he added: "What happens at Manchester United is not my problem, I don't speak about other people.
Wenger then attempted to seize the moral high ground as he added: ``What happens at Manchester United is not my problem, I don't speak about other people.
Their arrival, in turn, permitted Maine's multicultural left to seize the moral high ground: A January 11th counter-protest in defense of "tolerance" attracted 4,000 demonstrators to Lewiston, including Governor John Baldacci and Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins.
It is indeed galling that these reactionaries should seize the moral high ground. CIR's role makes Daly's behavior even more irresponsible.
By taking what admittedly is a political gamble to support voters' rights through proportional voting systems, they could instead seize the moral high ground and find political allies among the majority of voters fed up with their lack of choices in congressional elections.
We are killed when we go into the political process and get elected, then have no idea what to do once we are elected; when we have no idea of who it is that is opposed to us; what their tactics are going to be; how you handle these people; how you seize the moral high ground; how you frame the issues in such a way to put them on the defensive instead of us on the defensive; and all the sorts of things you need to understand if you are going to be involved in the political process.
The industry is in a battle: we need to seize the moral high ground from wine's detractors before we are banned from doing so.