PART XI: Perky Peppy Tea Party People, Libertarians, Conservatives, Purity & Honor


The past couple of days The Pink Flamingo has been gifted with some excellent comments the past few days.  They can be found in several places.

Our good “Tea Party” libertarians and those who demand purity.  They demand those who do not disagree with them be basically banned and excommunicated from conservative discourse.

That is well and good, but in embracing these sentiments the far right tea party “patriot” and libertarian is sacrificing the great nobility of life.

By embracing the libertarian, John Birch dogma that the end justified the means, they have turned themselves into objects of pity.   Centuries ago St. Francis of Assisi wrote a simple prayer that is terribly important to anyone who is a Christian, no matter what their denomination.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

In Galatians 5:22 Paul described the Fruits of the Spirit:

love (agape);
joy (chara);
peace (eirene);
patience (makrothumia);
kindness (chrestotes);
goodness (agathosune);
faithfulness (pistis);
gentleness (prautes);
self-control (egkrateia).

Contrast that to the works of the flesh:

Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

There is one other quality these people lack:

It is called honor:

The usual suspects are threatening the GOP – once again:

“…Members of the project include the attorney general under former President Reagan, Edwin Meese III; the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins; Let Freedom Ring’s Colin Hanna; The Eagle Forum’s Phyllis Schlafly; Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist; Citizens United’s David Bossie; Concerned Women for America’s Penny Young Nance; The Leadership Institute’s Morton Blackwell; The Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney and Focus on the Family’s Tim Goeglein.

The group also strongly warned Republicans only to work with Democrats when they “agree to conservative goals.”

“As new leaders your mission is to fulfill this mandate,” they wrote, referring to their eight-point plan, which specifically includes a plank on reducing government spending to pre-Obama levels. “Work with the President and his allies when they agree to conservative goals. But do not compromise on fundamental principles of freedom and limited constitutional government.”

The activists said they were standing with nearly 100 conservative leaders and Tea Party activists to reaffirm the principles of constitutional limited government, economic freedom and “our belief in a strong national security and traditional family values.”…”

They have no honor.  It’s that plain and simple.


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