In a speech at Hillsdale College, Jack Kemp quotes Pope John Paul II whose
Veritas Splendor warns of “the risk of an alliance between democracy and
ethical relativism.”

Says Kemp: “Too often from our culture’s commanding heights — in
government, the media, and academia — we hear that all moral judgments are
purely personal and finally equal. We are told the choice between Madonna and
Mother Teresa is merely a matter of taste, that traditional values are relative
to time and place. This is something different and deeper than a crisis of
crime, a crisis of economy, or a crisis of welfare. It is a crisis of confidence
in our own ideals. It is the strip-mining of our public spirit. It leaves men
and women unable to believe in anything, even in their own courage and

Illustration from: Imprimis, August 1994

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