In his Wall Street Journal column last week, on Paul Ryan’s battle with critics of his budget plan on moral principles, Bill McGurn quotes Dorothy Day: “We believe that Social Security legislation, now billed as a great victory for the poor and for the worker, is a great defeat for Christianity. It is an acceptance of the idea of force and compulsion.”
Yup. That Dorothy Day.
It’s a dangerous thing when politics tries to co-opt holiness. Because it is the holy that will ultimately set us free.
Some things, though, are more important than politics.
And sincerely tending to those eternal matters make our politics better — when they are not simply cynical, utilitarian, or simply spin.