Why the surprise over Sen. Lott?

Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2002

The moral outrage over conservative Trent Lott's allusion to his past and likely present racism was a bit overblown. After all, the senator openly calls himself a conservative and we shouldn't fault a duck for walking and talking like a duck. Apparently, upset voters don't know the Political Science 101 definition of a conservative, which includes "antipathy to egalitarianism" as a persistent core belief.

The widespread outcry over Lott's vague self-disclosure leads me to suspect that many of our clergy, who did a great job of leading the sheep to vote for conservatives, have miserably failed to enlighten their flock about the acknowledged shadow-side of conservatism. That dark side includes the conservative belief that all people are not created equal and that women, minorities, foreigners, and other outgroups are less valuable people who are predestined for exploitation by conservatives.

Barbara McDaniel


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