Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Hooray for Eric Zorn for pointing out what should be obvious but often isn't treated as such.

The right’s hold on “values” is now so strong that most news coverage I saw and heard about last weekend’s second annual “Values Voter Summit” of Christian conservatives didn’t even bother to nestle the word dubiously inside real or implied quotation marks. Fewer than 1 in 10 recent accounts of the summit I found in a national news database bothered to put “so-called” in front of the first reference to “values voters.”

It’s galling. I mean, sure, the activists who assembled in Washington vote in accordance to their values. So do I. So do you, reader, no matter where you fall on the political spectrum.

Anyone who casts a ballot is a “values voter.” And to allow one group to squat on that title is to concede without a fight that their values are, if not superior to others’ values, then at least stronger and more important to them than the flimsy ethical whims of their ideological foes.

That’s arrogant nonsense.

EVERYONE has "values". Not everyone has the SAME values, but everyone has them. Don't let anyone us the language against you.

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