just read ur profile. libertarian? isnt that supposed to entail "mind your own business" on the social stuff?
i was surprised to see you program and belong to mensa. usually i can see intelligence easily because bright people regularly express /themselves/, which i saw no evidence of in this exchange from your side. so far ive seen you repeat standard positions of a certain group and not a thing else. i also usually see less shortsighted, narrow thinking with intelligence (not always but usually).
let me demonstrate thinking (vs repeating). you called some liberal people "holier than thou." leaving aside the hypocrisy of you skirting the ad hominum line when you profess dislike for it on your profile, i will first note that it requires no actual thinking to call liberals (or anyone who has a stated moral component to their reasons and actions, justified or not) "holier than thou."
but wait! i think most will agree that jesus was in fact the ultimate liberal. his positions were anti-authority mist (maybe all) of the time, and would apply with no modernization needed right now. according jesus it /is indeed/ holier to care about others beyond yourself, to state this openky, and to act on it.
liberals do this much more than conservatives. i wont bother to give examples because they abound and are hard to miss if one isnt reventing onself from seeing them.
so ... well, people who are helping others -- others who are poor or simply not influential nor able to directly do something in return -- well, they in fact /are/ more holy than those not doing so.
see what i did there? instead of merely repeating what others might say to rebut you, no thought needed, i read your words, gave some actual thought, and then wrote the result. on the spot.
its kinda cool, and has uses beyond coding....