Tuesday, November 13, 2012

What Have We Conservatives Become? On Surviving Alinsky…

From Matt K. Lewis at dailycaller.com

… A few months ago, Peggy Noonan wrote something I liked a lot:  “[I]n their fight against liberalism and its demands,” she said, “too many conservatives have unconsciously come to ape the left. They too became all politics all the time.”

It’s unclear when this began, but I would suppose it happened around the time that conservatives started reading Saul Alinksy’s “Rules for Radicals,” and mimicking his ends justify the means tactics. To be sure, it is wise to “know thy enemy as thy self,” but it’s hardly edifying to turn a book dedicated to Lucifer into your political bible. But that’s precisely what many conservatives did

Politics, of course, is hugely important. The stakes are high. But there are other things in life, too. There is faith — which typically involves an acceptance that things are beyond our control...

And there is the realization that, though they are not mutually exclusive, a yawning chasm often exists between the long-term advancement of conservative principles — and the fierce urgency of an election.

Read it all here…