When I asked Sanford how that new empathy had changed his views on public policy—whether it had made him, for instance, more inclined to support public-assistance programs he’s long denounced as unnecessary—he said it had not. “Convictions are convictions,” he explained. His empathy is for other public figures recovering from sex scandals and personal humiliations. “I used to open the paper and think, How did this person do that? Now it’s all, But by the grace of God go I.”
I first started to understand conservatives’ belief that Galts go to heaven, plebes go to hell when I read this Nooner piece on Ken Lay:
Putting aside all judgments and conclusions, all umbrage, outrage and indignation, and all debates on who was most responsible for the Enron scandal–putting all those weighty and legitimate concerns aside–isn’t it obvious that Ken Lay died of a broken heart?
When poor people starve or are imprisoned or are killed, it’s usually their own fault. It would be wrong to extend them any sympathy; we owe it to them to be heartless, for otherwise they’ll never learn the Burkean humility that they need to make it in this world. When rich people get caught fucking around on their wives or embezzling money, we need to stop being so judgmental and put ourselves in their shoes for once.