[It's] [i]nteresting to note that conservative columnist George Will, an avid student of history, called Patrick Moynihan, a Democrat, the best US senator ever.[Blogger Mark Daniels is pastor of Living Water Lutheran Church in Centerville, Ohio.]
Moynihan was a liberal Democrat who also worked for Republican presidents.
He understood that politics isn't a zero-sum bloodsport, but an endeavor to fulfill the purposes for government as laid out in the US Constitution: "...to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity..."
And, yes, I love his quote about facts and opinions. I like also the quote attributed to John Adams: "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
Friday, December 02, 2016
More from that Facebook conversation on "post-factual world"
A Facebook commenter cited the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan: "Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts." Words like these are important counsel for a society that elevates feelings and perceptions above questions of fact or truth. I responded: