What a moron. What a crock. Although it is nice of him to admit that he's hopelessly authoritarian. Goldberg approving quotes Charles Kessler, who says:
Somewhere in our discussion, I raise the point that most people don't
subscribe to their political views out of a serious and deep understanding
of political philosophy and policy. They believe what they believe because
that's how they were raised, not just by their parents but by their society.
The constitution may be an intellectual backstop against tyranny, but the
first line of defense is the heart and conscience of the average American.
Ours is a democratic and constitutional culture and the social capital
imbedded in culture is often far more valuable than written law. The
importance of this insight is no less formidible because it is so widely recognized, from Burke and Hayek to de Tocqueville to Samuel Huntington and countless others. So parents install belief in a god and society reinforces that belief. Belief in God leads to developing a conscience and a good heart. These, in turn, lead to a democratic and constitutional culture. If you were to jettison belief, you would also reject everything else that is good in society and mankind.
Unfortunately, [Samuel Huntington's] Anglo-Protestant culturalism, like any
merely cultural conservatism, is no match for its liberal opponents. He persists
in thinking of liberals as devotees of the old American creed who push its
universal principles too far, who rely on reason to the exclusion of a strong
national culture. When they abjured individualism and natural rights decades
ago, however, liberals broke with that creed, and did so proudly. When they
abandoned nature as the ground of right, liberals broke as well with reason,
understood as a natural capacity for seeking truth, in favor of reason as a
servant of culture, history, fate, power, and finally nothingness. In short,
Huntington fails to grasp that latter-day liberals attack American culture
because they reject the American creed, around which that culture has formed and
developed from the very beginning.
Which are many more words that also say belief in their god is the basis for everything good in the world. Liberals use reason, not belief. They are without gods and morals. They dare to choose what they want to believe, which leads to horrors like multiculturalism. They are not One Of Us. And since they are not Us, they are weak and will not be able to defend us.
Not that Goldberg's conservative, moral strength gave him enough bravery to join up and fight the infidels in Iraq that attacked us on 9/11 because they hate our freedoms.
But let's say Goldberg gets his wish and magically (for isn't that how all things happen in ConservativeLand?) liberal influence ends, by the grace and favor of God. Who will conservatives defend themselves against? There must be an enemy, for God and the US always have enemies who envy and hate them. Who better than the infidels who reject Jesus Christ as their personal savior, thereby going through life without the magical love of Jesus in their hearts? And we all know that if you don't love Jesus, you can't be moral, or even American.