Although it is selective, our President and his aides have repeatedly stated that we should put into action the teachings of Jesus Christ though government regulation/policy. The case for care of widows and orphans, programs for the poor, and other proposals are justified recently through invoking their Christian faith and beliefs, quoting the Gospels and appealing to our very common culture in America (of the Judeo-Christian root).
Even "nannyism" is just good sober parenting, and those who would be greedy are asked, "How much money do you really need?"
...And although the Founding Fathers may have been (largely) practicing Christians, that has nothing to do with the structure of a government designed to allow the greatest amount of freedom possible. (So congress can make no law respecting an establishment of religion...)
so, when i step back to look at all the anger and the recent incivility, one conflict seems to be the exact opposite from the conventional wisdom!
Civil liberties issues.
yeah yeah, i know,
i cant help it.
i have to ponder what issues this pattern holds true but in reverse...