Related to the previous comment about language and culture. Occupy Democrats is calling Obama's executive order "morally righteous" today (comparing it to Eisenhower's desegregation order). Not so very long ago, the more-extreme liberal would snigger at anything claiming to be righteous, as that sort of moral certainty is impossible. From late in my college career until about a decade ago, that would have been the case (though the belief in their moral certainty remained intact. One just didn't say so.) "Righteous" was a word of mockery. "Moral" was sometimes admitted, but could also have an eye-roll attached to it.