So conservatives make great religious leaders...but lousy civic leaders.

Republicans are showing their true colors. Rand Paul took a tough line against Bill Clinton on Monday, going after him with a below-the-belt attack focused on Clinton's encounter with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Responding to Clinton's campaign efforts for his Democratic rival Jack Conway earlier in the day, Rand Paul said, "I'm not sure I would trust a guy who had had sexual relations with an intern. I mean, do you think he's an honorable person?" Also, appearing on Fox News Sunday, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) revealed just how "over the top" a GOP candidate needs to be in order to be cast aside by their own party's leadership. Reacting to Ohio GOP Congressional candidate Rich Iott’s membership in a Nazi reenactment group that “salute[s]” Nazi sympathizers who viewed the Third Reich as “the protector of personal freedom and their very way of life,” Cantor repudiated Iott’s candidacy in an exchange with Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL). So, now we know what's not too extreme for the Republicans is, stripping away social security from millions of the elderly, wiping out medicare, taking away the right to elect Senators, stripping away the right to be a US ciitzen, dropping out of the UN, dabbling in witchcraft, and the elimination of all sex and forcing children who have been raped to have their rapist's babies. What is too extreme for the GOP? Nazi Reenactments. What all these stories have in common is that they show the difference in what's considered "morality" by conservatives and by liberals. For liberals, a nation can't call itself moral if there are homeless or hungry or unjustly imprisoned or impoverished people among its ranks. Liberals' main concern about "morality" is what we're all doing in public - they don't so much care about what people do in private. Conservatives, on the other hand, don't give a rats patootie about the public good - they care about what individuals are doing, particularly in their private lives. Who is sleeping with whom? And in what position? And what gender? And what are they smoking? Liberals work to make society better because they believe we're all born good and it's possible to have a society that works; conservatives work to keep individual behaviors in line because they believe that we're all born evil and the only way to make society work is to keep a tight eye on every individual and punish him or her when they stray in their private lives. So conservatives make great religious leaders, but lousy civic leaders.

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