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Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Memo to Lawrence O

Maybe religious Jews and Christians aren’t so simple-minded.

The most encouraging aspect of President Bush’s re-election was the exit polls , which showed voters’ top concern to have been moral values, slightly ahead even of the war on terror and the economy.

This is quite a turn from the 1996 presidential election, when Senator Bob Dole, running against Bill Clinton, plaintively asked, “Where’s the moral outrage?”

The liberal-socialist paradigm represented by Senators Ted Kennedy and John Kerry is one that dismisses the idea of right or wrong as unscientific (see Liberals Hate Christianity).  They have no problem with adopting whatever fad the social “scientists” are plugging at any given moment in the name of social justice.  Same-sex marriage, partial-birth abortion, and hedonism are all the same to them, if that’s what opinion polls and focus groups tell them people want.  In fact, whatever serves to undermine moral traditions is welcomed as “mainstream” thought.

From the viewpoint of the colonists who fought the 1776 War of Independence and, eleven years later crafted the Constitution, moral character was of fundamental importance.  As John Adams put it, in the quote under this website’s statement of purpose,

“We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true religion.  Our constitution is made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

A federal republic designed to curb arbitrary exercise of political power must have a citizenry whose personal actions will be curbed by counter-balancing understandings of personal morality and civic virtue. 

Before the election,  MSNBC Senior Political Analyst Lawrence O?Donnell ridiculed President Bush, saying that only simple-minded people would think that God speaks to them.? Only simple-minded people would think that prayer should have any role in American foreign policy (see Liberals Sneer at Religion and Prayer).

Religious Jews and Christians should be praying for liberals like Mr. O’Donnell to open their hearts and minds to the power of God, through prayerful meditation, to direct them toward moral understanding.