January 22, 2010 2:12 AM

Commentary: Some conservatives have an 'obscene' view of Haiti's suffering

As Haiti reeled and staggered and the rest of the world rushed to the aid of a humble, beleaguered people, two icons of American conservatism reared up last week and offered analyses of the earthquake that has devastated the impoverished island nation. It left me wondering, just for the briefest of seconds, whether conservatism has a conscience, whether conservatism has a soul. It has become routine that after disasters both natural and human, icons of conservatism spout hateful, hurtful, cynical words, words that belittle the victims and trivialize the suffering.

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