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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Dick Armey to Jim Dobson: Suck on This

I don't know what has gotten into Dick Armey lately (or who he's getting into), but he's been on a roll. In a column on Foxnews.com today he beats Jim Dobson with a stick, pokes out his eyes, sets him on fire and then stomps on his charcoaled remains. Highlights:

When you boil it down, this debate centers on the role of two critical ideas: freedom and righteousness. In our private lives, living righteously is paramount. However, in our public lives - in our relationship with policymakers and our government - we should resist the belief that the power of government should be used to force righteous behavior in others. That's the temptation facing religious conservatives.

Indeed, such efforts to impose righteousness are doomed to fail - society cannot truly become righteous simply because the government compels "“righteous" behavior. God gave us free will, and true righteousness can only be found through a free exercise of personal choice. Although Dobson may not realize it, government-mandated righteousness is a pathway to tyranny.

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Indeed, pandering and posturing on gay marriage is an insult to most voters. I'’m the first person to argue that marriage is between a man and a woman. But here, Jim Dobson himself is prone to hyperbole, having claimed in one campaign speech that homosexuals and gay marriage "will destroy the earth."” We should leave such rhetoric to Al Gore, where it is better suited.

Jim Dobson would have us believe that we, as conservatives and Republicans, face a stark political choice: His way, defeat or nothing. However, a Republican Party that believes its first value is righteousness over freedom is a party that will lose elections.