I don't think Joel is really a hardcore, hardheaded Republican. He doesn't seem to go on about reducing taxes, deregulation or welfare cheats. I say that his core values are the christian love and forgiveness, as seen by the quick forgiveness of his sister and his ability to put up with Damian and Ted. His initial reaction to Beefsteak was, unfortunately, programming due to the close minded aspects of christianity. This contrasts with Damian who is free from conflicts but an unloving, unforgiving jerk.
But we must kill them. We must incinerate them. Pig after pig, cull after cull, village after village, army after army. And they call me an assassin. What do you call it when the assassins accuse the assassin? They lie. They lie and we must be merciful to those who lie.
- Colonol Kurtz, Apocalypse Now.