I’ve been doing a fair share of lurking this week, came across a theme in several blogs – that of religion + politics. Over at Innocent Bystanders, they discussed at some length whether the Republican party could get behind the nomination of a Mormon, Mitt Romney. (Kate O’Beirne has an interesting observation about that here.) The Anchoress is standing by her support for pro-choice Rudy Guiliani. And over at the NRO Corner, there’s a lot of commentary on Christian Republicans versus atheists and deists who have found their way to the same conservative conclusions. So is the Republican party the epitome of the “strange bedfellows” aphorism? Not really. It’s about liberty. It’s about that real, organic form of government that comes about as a result of free men and women cooperating voluntarily. Which is something I may write a whole other post about, but for now I’ll leave you with the words of a Republican From Another Time.
“The beauty of the very system we Republicans are pledged to restore and revitalize, the beauty of this Federal system of ours is in its reconciliation of diversity with unity. We must not see malice in honest differences of opinion, and no matter how great, so long as they are not inconsistent with the pledges we have given to each other in and through our Constitution. Our Republican cause is not to level out the world or make its people conform in computer regimented sameness. Our Republican cause is to free our people and light the way for liberty throughout the world.”
– Barry Goldwater