There is no real disconnect between the tea party and the social conservative movement.
When it comes to values, no political party or politician has the right to define them for the rest of America.
To presume that we know everything and that the country and the world must follow us unquestioningly is the kind of arrogance that comes only from those who seek public office.
Even if it wins in elections, values often kept on back-burner of government.
If politicians choose to hold sacred a particular list of values, my preference would be for them to start first with an examination of their own lives.
When Republicans talk about values, they are sticking to their roots.
I don’t believe the ‘values’ crowd will expand its horizons anytime soon.
“Values” has become a code word used by politicians who want to create wedges amongst the electorate.
Values are big ideas which must be translated into real life.
Of course it is about values. It just isn’t about a monopoly of values.
After all, politics is (among other things) best thought of as “applied philosophy.” Politics is the arena in which people take their different conceptions of “the good” – what is best for them, their community, their country, the world – and try to implement real world policies to strive to achieve that “good.”
How then do we define Christian or Islamic or any other religious groups’ values? Very carefully!
The meaning of American values in 2012 will be a question of justice, simple justice.
It’s not very comforting to me that Republican activist Doug Gross, describing the recently convened Republican Principles Conference held in Iowa, said that “we looked like Camp Christian out there.”