The Blog

GOP Say: Get Down to Business!

2:55 PM, Oct 27, 2009 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Widget tooltip
Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts

Alert to the New York Times, NPR, and other enlightened folk: The GOP's anti-intellectualism has reached new heights -- or new depths!

Take a look at today's press release from House Republican leader John Boehner. It mocks the House's lax work schedule, and chides the Democrats for wasting everyone's time with "meaningless resolutions." One such, according to Boehner, is H. Res. 784, "Honoring the 2,560th Anniversary of the birth of Confucius and recognizing his invaluable contributions to philosophy and social and political thought," which is expected to be considered under suspension of the rules today. According to the resolution, Confucius "counseled introspection, self-cultivation, sincerity, and the observance of respect within social relationships as a means of achieving justice and attaining morality in personal and public life."

The GOP's anti-Confucianism is truly shocking. What do the Republicans have against "introspection, self-cultivation, sincerity" and the like? Are they intolerant of a non-American/non-Christian/non-capitalist thinker?

Have they no shame?