A fantastic buzzword appeared in the Nov. 5 News editorial, "Election lessons." It was tolerance, described as one of the Democrats' core beliefs. That's precisely what the values issue of the presidential election was about. In the eyes of many who believe that knowing right from wrong, personal responsibility and morality are important human and societal virtues, tolerance is perceived as a license to do what you want, as long as it feels good. What may have started as a laudable goal -- to be tolerant of others, and help them if they need it -- has been subverted since the late 1960s into selfish, narcissistic self-satisfaction.
So in a grand irony, conservatives are presently more focused on societal good than are liberals, who mostly use tolerance as a screen to allow them to behave selfishly, regardless of the behavior's effect on others (see Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky).