Saturday, June 18, 2005

Michael Medved on Turning Right

World Magazine Editor Marvin Olasky interviews radio talk show host and film critic Michael Medved. The author of Right Turns explains to Olasky how he went from being a radical 1960s leftist to someone committed to conservative politics and Orthodox Judaism: . . .

I learned that conservative ideas—both politically and religiously—produced better results in the real world than their leftist alternatives. Personally, as I began to experiment with elements of traditional Judaism like Sabbath observance and daily prayer, I felt my life reliably enriched.

After a few years, the benefits of observing The Law became so obvious that I reached the conclusion that these eternal rules originated with no merely human author. In political terms, I saw corresponding good results from conservative ideas under Reagan, after watching the horribly destructive, nightmarish impact of liberal programs under LBJ and Carter.

By the time I became active in the Republican Party in the mid-1980s, it was obvious that religiosity and conservatism worked well in improving daily life and uplifting the country; secularism and leftism, on the other hand, produced bitterness and frustration.

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