On Moderation:Defending anAncient Virtue in a Modern World

Some years ago a young Southern Baptist minister in North Carolina, identifying her political stance in that church, remarked: “I am not a flaming moderate.” But moderation seldom bursts into flame. It’s one of the quiet virtues. These days in Washington, as the entire Republican Senate minority votes as a bloc against most things Democratic, the word moderate is a word of hope—hope for a legislative justice that can emerge from compromise and debate of issues inside and between the parties.


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