This term frequently comes to my mind when I hear politicians and their followers engage in a strict adherence to a doctrine or have an inflexible attachment to a set of beliefs. I see very little difference in this type of thinking to that which we see with religious fundamentalism; that religious fundamentalism we so often see in the Islamic groups of which conservatives are so critical. Outside of carrying-out acts of violence, is there really much difference?
Recently I listened to the group on Morning Joe comment on how President Obama has no “ism”; no defining doctrine. Could it be that President Obama’s doctrine is to have no doctrine but to make decisions with an evidenced-based approach. A look at the economic or historical evidence that a policy works or may not work and base your decisions and efforts on this. Certainly with politics it may not be so clean-cut, but isn’t this the way many of us form our beliefs and opinions? An evidence-based approach to how our country should work instead of a strictly moral or fundamentalist approach to politics.