Sunday, October 17, 2004
Peter Halasz stopped by this morning and we talked about the following Dinesh D'Souza passage from Liberalism Vs. Conservatism:
What unifies the vast majority of conservatives is the belief that there are moral standards in the universe and that living up to them is the best way to have a full and happy life.Yes I am a hypocrite which is why I needed Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one (Romans 3:10).
Conservatives recognize, of course, that people frequently fall short of these standards. In their personal conduct, conservatives do not claim to be better than anyone else. Newt Gingrich was carrying on an affair at the same time that Bill Clinton was romancing Monica Lewinsky. But for conservatives, these lapses do not provide an excuse to get rid of the standards. Even hypocrisy is in the conservative view preferable to a denial of standards because such denial leads to moral chaos or nihilism.