Saturday, September 18, 2010


David Brooks in the New York Times:

This doesn’t mean that the Tea Party influence will be positive for Republicans over the long haul. The movement carries viruses that may infect the G.O.P. in the years ahead. Its members seek traditional, conservative ends, but they use radical means. Along the way, the movement has picked up some of the worst excesses of modern American culture: a narcissistic sense of victimization, an egomaniacal belief in one’s own rightness and purity, a willingness to distort the truth so that every conflict becomes a contest of pure good versus pure evil.

I think those are closer to our historic virtues. It's what Bill Bennett and Glenn Beck are on about. What our great-grandparents understood as a "thirst for righteousness". A belief that there is always a behavior that is wholly good, and pleasing to God, and that we have a duty to seek it out.

I prefer that to distorting facts so we pretend neither Good nor Evil are present in our country today; seeking to be conflicted at all times about what should be done; and refusing to stand with people working to a recognized common Good when they could use our help. THOSE are the excesses of our modern age.

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