Limbaugh, Beck, and the Religious Right

You know, much of what “Conservatives” say concerning politics, economics, size of government, and foreign policy makes a lot of sense. Under President Obama the USA is not what it used to be. He and crowd have led us down a pretty dark and dangerous road. They have lost touch with the folks that live in the middle of this country. It appears that enough of us are fed up with the direction we have been going for the past two years that change is on the way. Even if there is grid lock in Washington DC following the November election, that has to be better than what we now have. If that happens, the states will have to step up and take even more responsibility for governing.

A danger though is that tidal wave change will bring with it a social agenda that is just plain scary. “Yes” to smaller government, fiscal restraint, border protection, strong foreign policy leadership, and taking care of our own. But a loud “NO” to invasion of individual rights in the form of banning a woman’s personal right to choose to have an abortion, perpetuation of patriarchy, denying the right to “marry” a person of one’s own choice, and restricting cell research; as several examples. And, one must add a loud “NO” to any teaching of religious belief as science. So, political and economic conservatism, “YES”. Imposition of religious belief conservatism, “NO”. Don’t want to go there. There is no stopping point.

And the environment and “environmentalists”… again more stupidity from many Conservatives. For whatever reason, folks who are concerned about the natural environment are labeled “wackos” or “tree huggers” by Limbaugh and Beck, for example. They could not be more wrong. I doubt that many of today’s Conservatives have any idea that the bulk of all foundation environmental protection legislation was passed under the very Republican, President Richard Nixon. William Ruckelshaus, a Republican from Indiana, was the first director of the Environmental Protection Agency. If the natural environment is not a top priority and protected, all of the rest in time is meaningless. Think about that.

So, here we go. November is coming soon. Hopefully, we will get the good and leave the stupid behind.

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About Kent Blacklidge Ph.D.

As part of a newspaper family who owned a 34,000 daily newspaper in the heart of the Midwest, I have a passion for a strong “Fourth Estate”, the press. Without a diligent and assertive free press, the power would be taken from the people. People have the absolute right to know. After earning a degree in Industrial Management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue, I spent over 20 years in newspaper management with several as publisher. I am also holder of three graduate science degrees including a Ph.D.. I have a passionate interest in science and the environment. I have little tolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
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