A recent letter to the editor by John Callaghan [“Postmarks
” online, Feb. 19] regarding conservatism as an exercise in either blind ignorance or denial of truth. The accurate ideological definition of conservatism is simply the perpetuation of human liberty. It makes clear that everyone is naturally flawed by corrupt, unenlightened appetites that must be restrained. And the only rational method of checking these passions while preserving liberty is moral virtue, i.e., truthfulness, gratitude, humility, courage, and honor. Without this clear moral discipline, humanity descends into anarchy and tyranny.
This thesis was developed in the Western world by the ancient Hebrews, Greeks, Romans, and Christians. It is now more than three millennia old. England and America adopted this social model. And when viewed in an honest historical context, the results in human progress have been spectacular.
Additionally, Mr. Callaghan’s contention that conservatives have attempted to replace “traditional American values” and the Constitution with religious authoritarianism not “dissimilar to Muslim fundamentalism” is unhinged. Indeed, we have the right to worship or not without harassment. Would that Muslim cultures were so civilized. Moreover, freedoms of speech and association in America are alive and well.
Those of Mr. Callaghan’s persuasion are infatuated by the illusion of postmodern, hyperemotional, leftist relativism, in which intellectual and moral questions are answered according to contemporary social fashion instead of the immutable precepts of virtue. This is why deviant ideologies such as Marxism, socialism, anarchy, and radical pacifism are leftist darlings. This is why well-intentioned people like Mr. Callaghan are so afflicted.
And this terrible ideology has now fully infected one of our main political parties – the Democrats. Its presidential candidates make that clear. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are screaming leftists. I urge Mr. Callaghan and all truth seekers to join the conservative effort to preserve liberty and defeat Democrat leftism.