February 14, 2006

Sullivan: "Principled Conservatives and Sane Liberals"

Filed under: Random Stuff — Bob Gifford @ 8:16 pm

Here’s another reason why Andrew Sullivan is my favorite conservative:

Many Republicans have found the appeal of an unbending faith – Protestant fundamentalism – more emotionally satisfying than the challenge of rational and questioning belief. Others still have responded to the empty center of liberalism by flocking to a new cult of the leader who can do no wrong – Bush. Others still are so blinded by partisan loyalty they can call torture – torture! – by another name, and vie with one another to extend the reach and power of government. But there are many sane liberals and principled conservatives prepared to confront modernity’s empty center with skepticism, private faith, public moderation, and a commitment to limited government. They are becoming the real opposition to the muddle of fundamentalisms, passivity and hero-worship that now pass for establishment conservatism and post-modern leftism. And I have a feeling we have only just begun to hear from them. [Emphasis mine]

I may disagree regularly with Sullivan, but I always find it easy to understand and appreciate his arguments, unlike those of most conservatives. Maybe it’s because of Sullivan’s years editing The New Republic — he had to learn to speak “liberal”. Andrew Sullivan is certainly a “principled conservative” (and I’d like to think that I’m a “sane liberal”), and I’d be happy to join with conservatives of his stripe where we can find common ground.

Too bad he’s now taking shots from his own side.

5 Comments

  1. Check This Out:
    Cheney: ‘I’m the Guy Who Pulled the Trigger’

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,184957,00.html

    Comment by lj — February 15, 2006 @ 6:18 pm

  2. Perhaps it’s time for liberals and “principled” conservatives to come together and fight for the freedom from dictatorship. Then we will be free to go back to fighting over the issues.

    Comment by wildwest — February 16, 2006 @ 9:57 am

  3. Sullivan has been good on the torture issue. Unfortunately, he was abominable during the run-up to the Iraq war, tarring opponents of the war as “pro-Saddam,” “appeasers,” and every other epithet in the pro-war smear arsenal.

    Comment by Lee — February 17, 2006 @ 6:10 am

  4. I like how most of you throw the word fundamentalism around.
    I think you all need to read your bibles more.

    fun·da·men·tal·ist the belief that religious or political doctrine should be implemented literally, not interpreted or adapted. Was GOD wrong? Has change is minde
    Dose man know more than GOD.

    Comment by Eugene Fisher — February 24, 2006 @ 9:16 pm

  5. Bob quotes Sullivan:

    “But there are many sane liberals and principled conservatives prepared to confront modernity’s empty center with skepticism, private faith, public moderation, and a commitment to limited government. They are becoming the real opposition to the muddle of fundamentalisms, passivity and hero-worship that now pass for establishment conservatism and post-modern leftism.”

    This is true, unfortunately though, many who are conservative politically and speak with a voice of moderation, such as a John Danforth, have been unappreciated because they don’t give enough red meat to “Progressives” with which to bash the right. I agreed wholeheartedly with the speech given by Danforth at the October 2005 meeting you touted on your blog site, Bob, but you gave it less than a favorable review, even though Danforth was willing to meet with you and speak there as an act toward bridging the divide.

    Likewise, others who might be considered to be trying to bridge that divide and communicate with “Progressives” from a conservative viewpoint might find themselves compared to internet “trolls” for their effort.

    Nice.

    You may find my reply here: http://jackehammer.blogspot.com/2006/02/difference-of-viewpoint-or-troll.html

    Comment by Jacke — February 28, 2006 @ 6:15 am

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