Wednesday, October 22, 2008

"Values" voters and inconsistency

Alas, I don't think that too many "values" voters have a problem with cognitive dissonance, and so feel no need to have these inconsistencies pointed out (let alone clarified) to be taken seriously.
[T[he typical "values" perspective -- which usually implies some form of cultural conservatism -- has to clear up its inconsistencies if it is to deserve to be taken seriously. What does it mean to be "pro-life" when you are scouring the map for the next country to invade? What does it mean to preen yourself on your Christianity when you show nothing but contempt for Christ's commands to help the poor? What does it mean to sacralize the American flag when you are trampling on the freedoms it stands for?
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