Deal Hudson: "Are Conservatives Turning People Off?"
Deal Hudson asks at InsideCatholic: "Are Conservatives Turning People Off?"
... I fear that people are being turned off by the word "conservative" because it's being used as a cudgel not just to point out differences of principle but also to settle old scores. There are a lot of "inside the beltway" stories behind the antipathy for John McCain that are not being told, stories that are being transposed into matters of "principle."
Thus, do many conservative leaders seek to inflict their personal grudges on the nation as a whole in the name of "conservatism."
It may be that the McCain candidacy is the best thing that could happen to the GOP at the present moment -- it will allow some fresh air to blow through the party, and the conservatives in it, so that we will be forced to take notice of how we sound to the world at large.
I'm not so sure that we, conservatives, I mean, have been sounding very congenial, or, more important, convincing.
As we enter the season of the general election we are facing a man who sounds the note of hope, a man who does not use anger as a rhetorical weapon -- Sen. Barak Obama.
If we make conservatism synonymous with angry denunciation, rather than reasoned and optimistic encouragement, we will lose the White House, and lose the battle for the protection of unborn life.
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