David Limbaugh

Isn't it ironic that liberals seem to resent conservatives for promoting moral issues and being judgmental when every ounce of their leftist fiber bristles with an air of moral superiority?

It's a turf thing, a matter of entitlement. Liberals are truly annoyed that large segments of the population vote Republican primarily because of social issues, when for decades the "progressives" have claimed to have a monopoly on morality and compassion.

Ever since I've been discussing politics -- as far back as the late Sixties and early Seventies -- I remember smug liberals looking down on conservatives for their lack of compassion, their bigotry, their fidelity to evil corporations and their delusional paranoia about Communism. In their minds our differences were never the result of an honest disagreement, but selfishness, greed and backwardness.

Very little has changed on that score during the last 35 years on the liberal side except that their arrogance has inflated into a vainglorious self-satisfaction, insulated by a staggering close-mindedness as to what motivates their "malevolent" political opponents.

As a little experiment I opened the New York Times editorial page Wednesday morning to see if I could readily find evidence for my assertion. To my sheer absence of surprise, one unsigned editorial lambasted the Bush administration and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for the shortage of armored vehicles for our soldiers in Iraq.

Though Mr. Rumsfeld explained that we are producing the equipment as fast as we physically can and that no expenses are being spared, the Times still managed to convert this into a moral issue. "Have they forgotten the timetable for invading Iraq was dictated by politics, not military necessity?"

You see, every time they get a chance, liberals accuse the Bush administration of invading Iraq for political, rather than national security reasons. That's a very serious charge, and one that reeks of moral judgment.

Don't get me wrong. If, in fact, President Bush put our soldiers' lives at risk for political reasons, he should be condemned in the harshest terms. But knowing his character and concurring with his reasonable assessment that Saddam constituted a gathering threat and a menace, it will be snowing in Hades before you'll convince me his decision to attack was politically motivated.

David Limbaugh

David Limbaugh, brother of radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, is an expert on law and politics. He recently authored the New York Times best-selling book: "Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel."

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