posted on Nov, 17 2004 @ 08:36 AM
Nice find, very interesting blog. I'm not so sure about the 'disparaging of the poor' tho. Bush is supposed to have worked with 'disadvantaged
youths' in his early poltical career, and does seem to genuinely feel that they suffer "a misfortune to be pitied and relieved". The idea of
"compassionate conservatism' which he was pushing certainly doesn't fit into this, however hypocritical one thinks it is.
Also, the bloger notes that in this puritanism there is " an individualist morality, and an individualist morality[leads] to a disparagement of the
significance of the social fabric”. But republicans and bush in particular are pretty big on 'moral and social' fabrics and community. I'll
definitely agree that some of the straussians in the bush administration might find lots of this puritanism that strikes a chord with them, but I am
not so convinced that bush himself does. Also, just look at the issue of school vouchers, wherein public funds are used to send 'disadvantaged' kids
in 'failing' schools into successful private schools (disturbingly, they allow sectarian schools to receive these vouchers). That seem quite
anti-thetical to 'do it yourself'ism, effectively rewarding people who can't hack it.
Nonetheless the general point is taken, its certainly an interesting way to look at it, and, obviously, the author has taken the time to research the