From the fact that people are very different it follows that, if we treat them equally, the result must be inequality in their actual position, and that the only way to place them in an equal position would be to treat them differently. Equality before the law and material equality are therefore not only different but are in conflict with each other; and we can achieve either one or the other, but not both at the same time

-- F.A. Hayak

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Obama and Faith

So, what about this idea that conservative politicians seek to impose their moral views on others, while leftist expressions of faith constitute inspiring spiritual leadership? Jonah Goldberg discusses President Obama's use of faith to advance his political agenda and finds it ... refreshing. I do too. However, he concludes his piece with this paragraph
Politics has always been a contest of values, and religion remains the chief source of those values. Our political discourse has long been cheapened by the canard that only conservatives try to use the state to impose a religiously informed moral vision, while liberals are guided by science, reason and logic as well as some secular conception of decency and compassion. No party has a monopoly on such resources, and it's about time we all recognized that.
Would that the left recognize the truth of this claim. It would go a long ways toward enhancing civil discourse.