Facing the Implications of Our Professed Principles

During one of our conversations in late 2002—as the build up for the Iraq war was increasing, to include “the psychological preparation of the battlefield” on the home front—Joe Sobran suddenly said, and to me unforgettably: “It can take men a depressingly long time to face the implications of their professed principles.”(His words and tone made me think of G.K. Chesterton and his own logical clarity, also about the inner logic of false premises.)

Joe Sobran then immediately, and so characteristically, added a related illustrative insight, and he did it by way of his own special form humor and irony: “I am going to propose a new bumper-sticker: ‘I’m Non-Judgmental and I Vote!’”

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