Neal Gabler: How Conservatives Lost Their Moral Compass
They lost the ability to feel shame.
Conservatives portray shame as a way of making people feel bad about the lesser angels of their nature. Which is exactly what shame should be.
Their bigger trick, though, has not been to delegitimize shame so much as to convert shamelessness into a valid political position. It can be attacked only at the peril of seeming to take sides in our political wars — which the mainstream media steadfastly refuse to do.
This has silenced society from expressing a sense of outrage at positions that seem outside any moral system. It has also prevented us from having a debate not just about policy, but about a national morality that cheers death or poverty.Click here for reuse options!
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