Thursday, May 18, 2006

George Will: Regarding values voters

Sometimes I read George Will and make a big ugh noise. The other times I say, Right on, George. This is one of those right on moments.

An aggressively annoying new phrase in America's political lexicon is "values voters." It is used proudly by social conservatives, and carelessly by the media to denote such conservatives.

This phrase diminishes our understanding of politics. It also is arrogant on the part of social conservatives and insulting to everyone else because it implies that only social conservatives vote to advance their values and everyone else votes to . . . well, it is unclear what they supposedly think they are doing with their ballots.
I vote my values--however mixed up they might be.


Kell said...

I vote my economically liberal, yet socially centrist values all the time... Sometimes I vote my libertarian values... sometimes I vote Democrat... Yeah. I vote all over the place.

jarhead john said...

Unfortunately, the newest crop of Republican crooks-in-suits don't uphold, follow, or push the traditional values that they campaigned under.

Most (key word here is most) liberal crooks-in-suits do not even come close to pushing traditional values. They coined the term "progressive" instead. The Republican crooks-in-suits seem to be getting on board with it as well. Pretty sad in my opinion.

We're rapidly approaching a point where both parties will campaign under their respective traditional stances, and "rule" under a "progressive" stance. It may actually be a good thing. It may open the door widely for independants who actually have a clue about "of the people, for the people,".