What will Andrew Sullivan do now? The Democrat leader in the House is quoting the Bible to set national policy. The context is the debate on how to treat captured terrorists–do we aggressively interrogate them or not? Pelosi is in the “not” crowd, and the Bible is her guide:
“This is a time when the Golden Rule really should be in affect. Do not do unto others, what you would not have them do unto your troops, your CIA agents, your people in the field.
Well, Pelosi is actually misquoting the Bible, but nevertheless doesn’t this make her a “Christianist?” Or at least a “theocrat?” Never mind that we already know what terrorists will do to anyone–troops, reporters, contractors, aid workers–they capture. We don’t have to base the debate on conjecture. We have actual facts: al Qaeda has not signed and does not abide by Geneva. They behead people, after torturing them. I guess the Pelosi Democrats are in this debate, as in most, allergic to facts. Anyway.
Typical of Democrats, up is down and down is up from reality. The actual Golden Rule says “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It’s a positive attitude and action, not a negative one. The distinction isn’t huge, I’ll grant, but revealing. Democrats will try to set policy based on whatever suits them at the moment, spending one day quoting a text they’re likely to spend the other 364 of any given year denouncing, and they’ll twist whatever weapon they find handy to achieve their ends.