Wednesday, February 1, 2012
It's tough-talk, but I think it's true, what Michael Gerson writes: The HHS mandate, coming as and when it did, despite the efforts of more than a few of his Catholic supporters to stop it, is an "edict delivered with a sneer." This is also right, I think:
Obama’s decision also reflects a certain view of liberalism. Classical liberalism was concerned with the freedom to hold and practice beliefs at odds with a public consensus. Modern liberalism uses the power of the state to impose liberal values on institutions it regards as backward. It is the difference between pluralism and anti-clericalism.
An attractive liberalism is one that does not insist on liberalism "all the way down."