Richard John Neuhaus at the First Things blog relates the following:
[Senator Sam]Brownback tells a story about a chaplain who challenged a group of senators to reconsider their conception of democracy. “How many constituents do you have?” the chaplain asked. The senators answered: 4 million, 9 million, 12 million. “May I suggest,” the chaplain replied, “that you have only one constituent?”
Brownback pauses. That moment, he declares, changed his life. “This”—being senator, running for president, waving the flag of a Christian nation—”is about serving one constituent.” He raises a hand and points above him.
Mr. Sullivan comments: “And so conservatism slowly dies in America, replaced by religious fanaticism.”
I can easily imagine Andrew Sullivan if he was blogging during the Reformation saying the same thing to St. Thomas More’s "The King’s good servant, but God’s first." Of course I am sure Mr. Sullivan would have had other arguments with St.Thomas More anyway. Thomas More was willing to submit his body rather than deny Catholic truths, while Mr. Sullivan is willing to submit to his body and deny Catholic truths.
Besides what is the point of holding any philosophy that does not keep God in mind? If you think your idea of a conservatism doesn’t serve the ultimate truth which is God, then it would be good if your conservatism dies.
As a side note Fr. Neuhaus’ constant reminder to subscribe to First Things finally induced me to subscribe. I have been lurking on free back issues for years instead of subscribing.