Mr. Sensitive

August 20, 2012

Conservative Republicans Have No Principles

Filed under: Uncategorized — lbej @ 07:32

Principles are foundational beliefs; principles demand that the principled individual critically, consistently and constantly evaluate all aspects of his or her behavior for consistency.  Apart from the principle itself, all applications are contextual—that’s why principles have to be very broad.  An example of a principle is ‘life is the highest value and must be protected and nurtured.’  In contrast, ‘abortion is wrong’ is a narrow application of that principle.  Another principle is ‘freedom of action and consciences is the highest value and must be preserved.’  In contrast, ‘the right to bear arms’ is a narrow application of that principle.  Republicans have positions, not principles.  The Republican ‘social conservative’ caucus is a mash-up of positions (anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-gun control, anti-church/state separation) that are narrowly focused and often inconsistent with other central elements in the Republican Party program.  The highest principle in the Republican Party, if you were wondering, is ‘greed is good.’  So you can imagine this conversation with, say, a socially conservative Republican from the South.

Me:  So abortion is wrong and should be banned in all cases, including rape and incest?

Rep. Butternut:  That’s right.  All life is precious.

Me:  Interesting.  Well, children are beautiful, innocent expressions of God’s love, after all.

Rep. Butternut:  Absolutely!

Me:  You would never want children to suffer and starve.

Rep. Butternut:  Of course not.

Me:  So you would never vote to cut school lunch programs or food subsidies for impoverished children.

Rep. Butternut:  Um…

Me:  Even if the wealthiest one percent of Americans had to pay more in taxes to feed and nurture these precious, innocent children of God.

Rep. Butternut:  I’ll have to get back to you.  [Doesn’t get back to me.]

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1 Comment »

  1. I was absolutely outraged and appalled to read the comment by Republican Todd Akin (running against Claire McCaskill). He doesn’t believe that abortion is warranted in cases of rape because “If it’s legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down”. What an ass! The republicans want to strip women of all of their rights; they want to tank the economy; they are insane!!!!

    Comment by Ruby Machi — August 20, 2012 @ 08:25 | Reply


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