Moral vs moral
This column makes some interesting observations and assertions about morality and the virtues in politics.
"Democratic citizenship is a decidedly moral undertaking; that is to
say, republics are founded on the possibility of public virtue. It is
essential, however, to distinguish public virtue from private. ...
"The implication is hard to escape, and even harder to accept: In politics, personal virtue is not necessary.
"We welcome private virtue in our politicians and in our government
workers; we acknowledge that it is indubitably important in daily life;
we realize it is essential for one’s spiritual salvation—but in
politics it is, strictly speaking, not material."
Read the rest of the article here.