Carol Platt Liebau: Leading with His Heart

Friday, November 23, 2007

Leading with His Heart

In this staff editorial, the LA Times ed board praises the people and entities for which it is thankful. Notable is one particular entry:

Jerry Sanders

Sanders is the Republican mayor of a conservative city, San Diego, and he's trying to get re-elected by voters who solidly approved a ballot measure defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Nevertheless, in September, Sanders announced that he had reversed his opposition to same-sex marriage, in part because he couldn't bring himself to tell his lesbian daughter that he considered her relationship with her partner somehow less than his. "I've decided to lead with my heart," he announced at an emotional news conference. Here's hoping that others follow.

Note that? The Times applauds Sanders for "leading with his heart" and hopes other politicians will follow. Well, it's a nice concept, but do voters really elect politicians to do that -- or are they supposed to be elected because of their intellects and their principles?

In truth, it's not so much the concept of "leading with one's heart" that the Times likes -- after all, it's not likely they'd be applauding someone whose heart was filled with concern for the unborn, for example. But it's a reflection of the board's monolithically liberal mindset that they can even applaud the idea of leading with the heart -- the unspoken assumption being that such a stance couldn't come back to bite them since only lefties have hearts, anyway.


Blogger Joshua Stein said...

It's hard for me to believe that a GOP supporter would take the rout of claiming we shouldn't elect morally sound, emotionally conscious individuals. Though it probably has less to do with his emotional sentience and more to do with the fact that he's pro gay marriage.

Realistically, politicians no longer get elected on the basis of their competence.

Our current president was not elected because he was more intelligent than his opposition. (I'm talking about Al Gore more than Kerry, as Gore was a Harvard Alumnist with a well known track record as someone who was aware of the environment, social climate and international policy)

The anti-choice sentiment is well understood in here, and that's your political position. (I happen to believe that you are crossing that line that the apostle Paul laid out when he said "Be not zealous overmuch," but that's just me)

The reality is that in both cases, whether abortion or in civil union for homosexuals, he is allowing the individuals to make their own choices about what is morally right.

8:56 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

What he's doing is disregarding the will of the majority, which in every case where it appeared on a ballot, was 60-70% in favor of supporting traditional marriage.

Leading with the heart is OK if it aligns with the head. In this case, he's merely subjecting society to the whim of his daughter. Nice guy. Imagine if she was a serial killer.

5:32 PM  

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