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Where do you find inspiration for how faith can inform public policy?

That’s a question posed to Michael Gerson, who until a few months ago was the chief of President Bush’s speech shop. His answer:

Some of it is the heroes you choose. Mine are a pretty eclectic bunch. They include Martin Luther King Jr., William Jennings Bryan, and Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln took moral arguments rooted both in natural law and in revelation and applied them to some of the most difficult issues of his time. Most of my heroes have been reformers, even when they’re conservatives. Conservatism puts a tremendous value on tradition. That’s important, because over time societies are wise and develop a kind of accumulated tradition that often fits what human beings are. But it’s not enough. Sometimes, as in the case of slavery or other things, there has to be a radical appeal to principle. And that is often, though not exclusively, a Christian contribution.
“Over time societies are wise.” Bush has said that, hasn’t he? It’s good.

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