Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Want proof that American conservatism has lost its way? Look no further than the Bible.

Gary Kamiya, writing for Salon on Tuesday, argues that American conservatism has lost its soul. It no longer defends American values, such as democracy and habeas corpus, and it has lost its moral clarity. To support this contention, Kamiya offers this point:

In the age of Bush, even the conservatives' much-vaunted moral clarity does not always bear close inspection. A Pew poll taken in March found that only 18 percent of self-described conservative Republicans believed that torture was never justified. Who was it who said, "Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all ... Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good"? It must be one of those damn liberals.*
When following the asterisk down to the bottom of the page, we see its source: Romans 12:17, 21.

There you have it: conservatism no longer upholds American traditions such as the Constitution and the Bible. And there is a hint in Kamiya's "damn liberal" comment that he is suggesting that liberals just may have a better grasp of it.

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