If there are two things that do not mix well, they must be moral righteousness
And, this is clear to see in America today, just as it has always been
clear wherever these two are poured into the same glass. There is no
reason to ever do it. Politics does not require righteousness, it doesn't
even really require morals, and thank goodness for that. Politics,
all, is governing people. If people were all of the same mold, all
of the same mind, all of the same sense of moral righteousness and
then why would we need government or politicians? So, from the beginning,
human nature being what it is, attempting to establish a "righteous
morality" for everyone is always doomed to failure and futilty.
Politics simply requires fairness, as do all things human. Fairness
is not morality, it is based on law, the Constitution, and (sorry to
be redundant) most of all, common sense.
And, true political conservatism was never moralistic, until now. It
was always intellectual, and often interestingly so. The conservative
philosophy itself was never moralistic. It was always about individual
initiative and the rights of the individual, which by definition as
discussed above, is varied and changing. What's wrong with that? In
the case of President Clinton, cast by the new conservatives, we are
truly obsesssed with a private, moral issue, rather than a larger Constitutional
issue. It's a moralistic indignation that would remove the duly elected
President, not a "high crime," and not a "misdemeanor." Can
anyone really embrace that? Certainly no true conservative would grab
that concept in a full body hug.
So, now we have, not the conservatives or even the new conservatives,
no, no we have the new Puritans. We ran away from them in the 1600s
and the 1700's and we will run away again. But, as in the infamous
trials, and in all of the other horrible renderings wrought upon the
humanity in the name of "morality" and "purity" they
will inexorably do their damage. Like the murderer who kills and kills
and then commits suicide, they will ultimately destroy themselves.
Too bad they don't reverse the order.
As President Clinton stated, "I trust the American
Interesting isn't it, that the one who is accused, is the one who sees
See you next time.