Posted by Joseph Knippenberg
The WSJs Naomi Schaefer Riley chats with Michael Gerson, who is apparently writing a book on the future of conservatism. What he has to say wont please our libertarian readers.
The libertarians are wrong, but so is Gerson. The last thing we need is big-government conservatism, even if its Christian-flavored.
Joe, thanks for the link. How bout the formulation, rhetoric = statement of "ideals"? What would Aristotle think? Or Lincoln?
David Frisk, I say "Amen" to that.
Good catch, Paul. Someone should talk to MG about the difference between ideals and principles.
On President Bushs/Michael Gersons rhetoric: its been linked to at this site, but go to Dan Mahoneys very equitable (therefore just and appropriately critical) analysis of President Bushs 2nd Inaugural. Odd that a Christian - President Bush/Michael Gerson - has nothing very complex to say about the human heart and the human condition, including the realism of sin.
5: Yes, it is hard to take very seriously (as a Christian voice) someone who has little or nothing to say about sin. One neednt use the word, and probably shouldnt use it in politics. But the concept needs to
be there -- and clearly so.
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