Monday, December 12, 2005

The Problem with Conservatives

Very interesting essay from Rick Perlstein on who is, and isn't, a conservative, and what that word actually means.

As someone who was raised by Goldwater conservatives, and left the party in disgust when I was in my early 20s because I couldn't stand them anymore, this encapsulates a lot of what I can't stand about the party -- the self-righteous justification of any means necessary to achieve their ends, among other things. Downright immoral. The priggish self-righteousness of the left bugs me a lot, too, but at least they're TRYING to be morally consistent much of the time.

Which is why I call myself a moderate. A plague on both their houses.


Blogger Lisa said...

On this topic are several articles that appeared on that you might find interesting:

"Reform Movement leader Rabbi Eric Yoffie on the Religious Right and religious freedom"

"'Evangelical Christianity Has Been Hijacked': An Interview with Tony Campolo"

Bible-Believing, Evangelical--and Not on the Religious Right

8:20 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

That first link doesn't seem to work. Here is the article again:

8:35 AM  
Blogger Corbie said...

Good links, thanks! Esp. the interview with Tony Campolo -- he's a heavy hitter. There's hope...

2:04 PM  

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