Kevin Rudd’s big night out
Kevin Rudd is a very popular politician in Australia. He has run on conervative Christian values and has done quite well using that platform. That platform has been quite used in the US for about 25 years or so, but is still fairly unusual in Australia. So, people in Australia are having quite a time dealing with his latest headline:
Now, this comes right back to the problem I’ve had with politicians mixing religion with politics. Most often, they set a moral bar so high, by criticizing other candidates, that it’s impossible for them to maintain as well. Everyone sins. If they don’t, they are too boring to get elected to any position. Everyone NEEDS to sin. It’s good for the soul. Someone who runs around pointing fingers at someone else for doing what I would do to vent my stresses in life doesn’t appeal to me. Never has. People who adhere to conservative values often mistake the perception that applies to their personal lives as well. I just don’t buy that and think that has been an overwhelming mistake people have made over the last twenty-five years. Conservative values in politics just means smaller, less meddling government. That’s all. It does not mean you have to be a religious puritan. Never has. Some of the greatest conservatives previous to 1980 were drunken brawlers. However, they kept their personal lives and their politics seperate. All they shot for was keeping government taxes low and government intervention in public life minimal.
I really think we need to return to the days when people stopped trying to imply conservatism is a religious adjective. No one apparently can live up to that expectation. Just ask Kevin.